Friday, May 28, 2010

Check It. Breathless at Laemmle's.

The Criterion Collection truly said it best: "There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless." And if you haven't yet experienced your life after Breathless, it's about time to.

The 1960 film by Jean-Luc Godard marked a key moment in the French New Wave era of cinema, and it's a fun, remarkable film to say in the least. Godard (working with a treatment originally written by another French cinema master, Francois Truffaut) plays with notions of crime and beatnik attitudes while tipping a hat toward American film, and you won't ever quite get chemistry and sex appeal like the combination of Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg. And the final scene! You just can't beat it. (Movieline has more to say about why Breathless is still awesome even today.)

See for yourself as Rialto Pictures celebrates the film's 50th anniversary restoration by releasing the new print in theaters beginning today. L.A. is lucky to have three hosts: the Laemmle's in West L.A., Pasadena and Encino. So no excuses!

And for all you fashionistas out there, the awesome sisters behind the Rodarte brand are also taking part in the celebration by releasing two t-shirt designs inspired by the film, including one featuring the New York Herald Tribune logo just like what Seberg wore in the film. I'm on the hunt to get one! Rodarte will additionally be decorating the store windows of Barney's New York with Breathless designs.

Breathless will playing in the Laemmle's theaters for a limited engagement. Click here for details. For now, reminisce with this scene:

-- Chau Tu

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