Surfing the wave
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)