Image courtesy of Rialto Pictures.

Film Series: Breathless (A bout de souffle) (1960)

March 24, 2015
Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar in the University City Loop

Breathless (À bout de souffle) (1960), directed by Jean-Luc Godard

A signature film of French New Wave cinema, Breathless (À bout de souffle) is the story of young lovers—a car thief with a Hollywood gangster persona and his enigmatic American girlfriend—on the run from the police. Its story of love and broken loyalty, filmed in a freewheeling improvisatory style, evokes the existential detachment of a younger generation emerging in postwar Paris, making it one of the seminal French films of the 1960s.

A Critical Eye: Avant-garde Cinema of the 1960s brings together an international array of groundbreaking films that challenge the conventions of cinema at the time. Designed to complement the exhibition From Picasso to Fontana—Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960–1968, the film series sheds light on social concerns that shaped a generation in aftermath of World War II and the subsequent golden age of economic growth in Western Europe.