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À bout de souffle

À bout de souffle / Ramona Fotiade.
Fotiade, Ramona
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2013.

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142 pages : illustrations; 23 cm
Series Statement
Ciné-files: the French film guides
Uniform Title
French film guides series.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-139) and index.
  • Includes filmography (pages 119-135).
Production contexts. Before À bout de souffle ; Godard the film critic ; First short films: From acting and editing to directing ; From idea to the shooting script: Writing À bout de souffle ; Production and casting. -- The film. À bout de souffle and the cinema of the 1950s ; Narrative, montage and length of sequences ; Remaking everything the cinema had done, but differently ; Montage, my fine care: Analysis of the first sequence ; Filming death at work: The postmodern Auteur ; Soundtrack and dialogue ; Location and cinematography ; Gender and genre: Women in Godard's films ; A Franco-American love affair? ; Language and failed communication. -- Reception and later influences. The French Citizen Kane ; Film launch and first reception ; Breathless: The American remake ; Cinema after Godard: The critical and cinematic legacy. -- Conclusion.
Call Number
JFD 16-3359
  • 9781780765082
  • 1780765088
  • 9781780765099
  • 1780765096
Fotiade, Ramona, author.
À bout de souffle / Ramona Fotiade.
London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2013.
Type of Content
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Type of Medium
Type of Carrier
Ciné-files: the French film guides
French film guides series.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 137-139) and index.
Includes filmography (pages 119-135).
"One of the most charismatic feature films of the New Wave, A Bout de souffle (1960) has retained its appeal not only as the emphatic statement of a generational break with tradition, but also as Godard's earliest rendition of a set of thematic and stylistic motifs that would become his trademark. A Bout de souffle is now a cult film, propelled in part by the memorable coupling of its leading actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, whose story on screen seemed to portray the troubled love affair between French cinema and Hollywood. In this original guide to the film, Ramona Fotiade analyses in depth its production and reception, as well as its mise-en-scene and editing. She situates A Bout de souffle in relation to Godard's filmography and critical writings up to 1960, focusing on a narrative and visual discourse that is now identified with a distinctive strand in postmodern French cinema. She also explores the impact of Godard's early counter-narrative and visual strategies on the independent American filmmakers and the French Cinema du Look during the 1980s and 1990s."--Publisher's website.
Research Call Number
JFD 16-3359
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