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À bout de Souffle
Director: Jean-Luc Godard

France, 1960, 89 min., lith. subt.
À bout de Souffle might be the most characteristic and influential Nouvelle Vague film. The film is about people and everything that people do; its starting point is a parody, and it makes a tribute to low budget gangster films from the USA. The most notable thing about À bout de Souffle is that it breaks conventional film editing. Establishing shots (to show the location of the image) were usually used in the 30 first years of sound film. Godard’s inventive use of editing, with many jump-cuts (a film cut in middle of an action) created a new narrative style. At the same time Godard said that “he wanted to make film just at the time when film was a new form of expression”. À bout de Souffle consists of some Iris-in and Iris-out effects, when the picture goes closer or farther away from an object in the image as the opening or closing of an eye’s iris. This effect was used during silent movies and Godard makes this a reference to other early filmmakers like Mélies, Porteräs and Griffiths, and their conclusions that “cinema is by nature
Section: Retrospective: Nouvelle Vague

Screenplay: Jean-Luc Godard, pagal François Truffaut idėją

Dir. of Photography: Raoul Coutard

Music: Martial Solal

Producer: Georges de Beauregard

Cast: Jean Seberg (Patricia Franchini)
Jean-Paul Belmondo (Michel Poiccard, “Laszlo Kovacs“)
Daniel Boulanger
(policijos vyresnysis inspektorius)
Henri-Jacques Huet (Antonio Berrutti)
Liliane Robin (Minouche)
Roger Hanin (Carl Zubart)
Van Doude (redaktorius Van Doude)
Claude Mansart (Claudius Mansart)
Liliane David (Liliane)
Michel Favre
(antrasis policijos inspektorius)
Jean-Pierre Melville (rašytojas Parvulesco)
Jean-Luc Godard (informatorius)
Jean-Lois Richard (žurnalistas)
Jean Domarchi (girtas vyras)
Richard Balducci (Tolmatchoff)
André-S. Labarthe, François Moreuil (žurnalistai Orlyje)