“I wanted to see you, to see if I’d want to see you”
“I want us to be like Romeo and Juliet.” “Just like a girl!” “You said last night you couldn’t live without me, but you can. Romeo couldn’t live without Juliet, but you can.” “No, I can’t live without you.” “Just like a man!”
“What’s more ethical: The woman who cheats, or the man who walks out?” “The woman who cheats.”
“Women will never do in eight seconds what they would gladly agree to in eight days. Eight seconds and eight days, it’s all the same. Why not eight centuries?” “No, eight days is good.”
“I don’t know if I’m unhappy because I’m not free, or if I’m not free because I’m unhappy.”
“Grief or nothing”
A Bout De Souffle (Breathless) by Jean-Luc Godard
Godard is my favorite director. Big fan of French new wave.
I’m a realist but I am also a woman, so I am very much a romantic. Godard once said something like all you need to make a good film is a gun and a woman.
It is clearly an antithesis, realism and romance, but the topics of romance don’t dance around the real, mainly social and political issues these films mean to identify. It exists. It’s real. It’s sexual. There is a thrill and a chase and it’s to the point. It’s certainly captivating, but it doesn’t press and is not meant to. The 50’s and 60’s post war France was an important time for young adults and directors to produce quality, independent, modern films for a modern generation. Post war Europe was starved culturally. Sure, you had your Renoirs and Hitchcocks who although were heavily influential, were still stuck in pre war idealism and concepts. It was a new time and a new calling to stray from the mainstream and create a movement promoting film and cinema. Take Bertolucci’s The Dreamers. It follows an American studying in Paris along with two local film students whom he meets during the Protests of May 1968. The three bond over cinema, both classic and new wave from Hawks’ 1932 Scarface and Queen Christina to The 400 Blows, Bande a Part (Band of Outsiders) and A Bout De Souffle (Breathless). All great films by the way. It wasn’t until the 80’s where a cultural policy and a policy for film and media was formed. From new wave you get your Soderberghs and Scorseses and your Tarantinos of today.
The House of Cards series is a perfect modern day example of how new wave has influenced the industry today.