Directors: Infuriating Magician

The hero was a bent-nosed ex-pug who seemed too ugly even for character parts. His co-star was a round-eyed windup doll from Iowa whose debut had been a disaster. The director, an impoverished movie critic, made up the script as he went along, and shot much of the film by pushing his photographer around in a wheelchair, screaming instructions at the players.

The actors were Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, the director was Jean-Luc Godard, and the movie was Breathless, which in the eight years since its release has been generally accepted by...

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