Rialto Pictures’ 50th-anniversary release of “Breathless,” the landmark film of the French New Wave, in a gorgeous 35mm restoration with much-improved English subtitles, still bears its creator’s fingerprints. This innovative and influential film has aged well; its scenes have a present-tense immediacy. Godard brought to the screen the jagged, intuitive temperament of youth in a way that nobody else had ever done before. He expressed the terror and mystery of being young and isolated in a big city, even one as “romantic” as Paris.
Michel Poiccard/Laszlo Kovacs (Jean-Paul Belmondo) is a young criminal on the run from the police, after stealing a car and killing a cop. He has an affair with a beautiful young American, Patricia (Jean Seberg), an aspiring journalist who sells the New York Herald Tribune in the middle of the Champs Élysées. Patricia helps Michel to dodge the police, while they steal cars together in order to raise money for a trip to Rome.
It runs for a week, starting Friday 7/23 through 7/29. Showtimes for weekdays are 4:00, 7:00 & 9:20. On Sat & Sun, it shows also at 1:30 p.m.
Please see Rialto Cinemas for more details.