Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I'm actually not a Godard fan, but I can't help it

When on earth did this carton version of Breathless's poster exist? It's just so very cute! Aw...

BREATHLESS - 50th Anniversary Restoration

Writer / Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg
Technical Advisor: Claude Chabrol
Photographed by Raoul Coutard
Laemmle Theatres and Rialto Pictures are proud to present the 50th anniversary restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1960 nouvelle vague masterpiece BREATHLESS. The exclusive Los Angeles engagements began on Friday, May 28th at the Royal in West Los Angeles, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and the Town Center in Encino. For this 50th anniversary release, Rialto has made new 35mm prints from a restored negative supervised by the film’s director of photography, Raoul Coutard – the first restoration of BREATHLESS ever. Rialto has also added completely revised English subtitles by Lenny Borger, capturing Godard’s playful language like never before. Borger has just finished working with Godard on the subtitles for the director’s latest film, "Film Socialisme," shown in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Based on a treatment by François Truffaut and photographed by New Wave legend Raoul Coutard, with no less a crime specialist than Claude Chabrol as technical advisor, Godard’s jazzy riff on American Film Noir features iconic performances from Belmondo, as the on-the-run Bogart-inspired small-time hood, and Seberg as his American, Herald Tribune-hawking girlfriend, who ultimately betrays him. With a pace that’s non-stop, thanks to its startling new editing techniques, BREATHLESS reinvented the grammar of movies and almost instantly changed the course of international filmmaking. 90 minutes * unrated * black and white * 35 mm * France * 1960 Go to www.laemmle.com for showtimes and ticket information. For more information and view the trailer, go to: rialtopictures.com/breathless

I think I'm going to try to catch my favorite, Resnais's new film this Thursday night instead. Actually this month there are just too many good movies out, without even mentioning the L.A. Film Festival.


France, 2009, 104 min, Scope
Director: Alain Resnais
Writers: Alex Réval, Laurent Herbiet
Cast: Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, Anne Consigny, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric

Widely acclaimed at its Cannes world premiere, the latest film from France’s master of space-time intrigue Alain Resnais may be his headiest concoction in decades. Racked by a mid-life crisis, George becomes obsessed with the owner of a mysterious purse that he chances upon: an aviatrix with a shocking red hair. As he tries to track her down, he becomes enveloped in a mystery of his own making. With its lush widescreen camerawork, playfully free-floating montage, and imaginative tonal shifts, Resnais’s latest mind-bending journey finds this 87-year-old filmmaker in peak form. “Sublime..Resnais’s finest work to date.”—The New York Times.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

TICKETS are $10; $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID. To purchase tickets: (323) 857-6010

JUNE 10, 2010, 7:30 PM at LACMA
Opens in L.A on JUNE 25

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