Breathless Case Study: French New Wave

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Week 11
French New Wave
Breathless
90 mins, 1960, French
Directed By: Jean-Luc Godard
Written By: Jean-Luc Godard
Synopsis: Paying homage to the numerous crime thrillers of Hollywood’s Golden era, this film charts the relationship between Michel, a stylish but unpredictable criminal, and his estranged American girlfriend. Again, the notion of escapism through the cinema is key to this most famous of the new wave pictures.
Essential Readings:
Hart Cohen, Juan Francisco Salazar and Iqbal Barkat. (2009). Case Study: French New Wave. In Screen Media Arts: An Introduction to Concepts and Practice. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, (pp. 230-232).
Buckland, Warren. (1998). Film Authorship: The Director as Auteur. In Teach Yourself Film Studies (pp. 72-100). London: Hodder. [Full-text of article on E-Reserve]
Cook, Pam. (1985) Authorship and Counter-Cinema. In Cook, P. (Ed.) The Cinema Book (pp. 192-195). New York: Pantheon. [Full-text of article on E-Reserve]
Recommended Reading
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2014. Breathless (1960) - IMDb. [ONLINE] Retrieved from : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053472/
French New Wave Film (Nouvelle Vague): Where to Start. 2014. French New Wave Film (Nouvelle Vague): Where to Start. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.newwavefilm.com/new-wave-cinema-guide/nouvelle-vague-where-to-start.shtml
French, Phillip. (2010). Breathless continues to shock and surprise 50 years on.Read online: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/jun/06/film-jean-luc-godard-breathless-feature-philip-french-french-new-wave
Hart Cohen, Juan Francisco Salazar and Iqbal Barkat. (2009). Case Study: French New Wave. In Screen Media Arts: An Introduction to Concepts and Practice. Melbourne: Oxford University Press
Solomons, Jason. (2010). Jean-Luc Godard would just turn up scribble some dialogue and we would rehearse maybe a couple of times. Read Online:

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