Surf­ing the wave

Provincial Living - - Entertainment -

Through­out the 60’s, di­rec­tors such as Truf­faut and Jean-Luc Go­dard con­tin­ued to experiment with rev­o­lu­tion­ary tech­niques. Go­dard’s 1960 film, À bout de

souf­flé (Breath­less), leapt off from Truf­faut’s start­ing point. He was an im­pro­vi­sa­tional di­rec­tor, ex­per­i­ment­ing with strangely me­an­der­ing, al­most plot­less plot lines, ex­traor­di­nar­ily long takes and ran­dom jump cuts. He filmed

Breath­less on lo­ca­tion around Paris with­out per­mis­sion, so the cin­e­matog­ra­pher of­ten had to work whilst hid­den in a postal cart un­der a heap of letters.

“There used to be just one way,” Go­dard said of film­mak­ing. “There was one way you could do things… That’s why I don’t re­gret mak­ing Breath­less and blow­ing that all apart.”

À bout de souf­flé (1960)

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