Review: ‘Breathless’

More than a little guts was required to remake such a certified film classic as Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, and the generation of film critics that had their lives changed by the 1959 film will easily be able to argue on behalf of the artistic superiority of the original. But the comparison remains virtually irrelevant to youthful audiences, who should find this update a suitably jazzy, sexy, entertainment.

More than a little guts was required to remake such a certified film classic as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless, and the generation of film critics that had their lives changed by the 1959 film will easily be able to argue on behalf of the artistic superiority of the original. But the comparison remains virtually irrelevant to youthful audiences, who should find this update a suitably jazzy, sexy, entertainment.

On his way back from Las Vegas in a stolen car, Richard Gere accidentally mortally wounds a cop, then heads for the LA apartment of French UCLA student Valerie Kaprisky, with whom he’s had just a brief fling but whom he is also convinced he loves.

A real romantic who dreams of escaping down to Mexico with his inamorata, Gere behaves as if he’s oblivious to the heat closing in on him after the cop dies.

Gere’s status as a sex star is certainly reaffirmed here, and not only does he appear with his shirt off through much of the pic, but he does some full-frontal scenes. Fresh and attractive, Kaprisky also does numerous scenes semi-clad or less.

Breathless

Production

Orion/Miko. Director Jim McBride; Producer Martin Erlichman; Screenplay L.M. Kit Carson, Jim McBride; Camera Richard H. Kline; Editor Robert Estrin; Music Jack Nitzsche; Art Director Richard Sylbert

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Richard Gere Valerie Kaprisky Art Metrano John P. Ryan William Tepper Robert Dunn
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