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Why ‘Breathless’? A Retrospective On Jean-Luc Godard’s Masterpiece

Why ‘Breathless’? A Retrospective On Jean-Luc Godard’s Masterpiece

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I thought that it was kind of a cliché to be so into it – some of the other students who had seen it even told me that – but I realized that even if that was so, Breathless was still resonating with young audiences, and there was something about it that distinguished it from other landmark films. So why Breathless? Why is it one of the key films in cinematic history? Why is it so fascinating for critics but equally so for average intellectually-minded audiences? What mark has it left?