Cinema: Punk Spunk

BREATHLESS Directed by Jim McBride

Screenplay by L.M. Kit Carson and Jim McBride

For the generation that learned to take film seriously in the '60s, Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless was nothing less than breathtaking. Offhandedly it proposed that B movies, and almost everything else in the junk culture, actually influenced behavior more profoundly than the official culture did. Openly, instead of in the coded language of melodrama, the picture suggested that most of the violence in society was both meaningless and affectless. And this it did with a brash, jump-cut technique that seemed to be anti-technique. Dedicated to Monogram Pictures, the old Poverty...

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