Before I re-view Godard’s Breathless, I decided to watch Otto Preminger’s Bonjour Tristesse (1958) with Jean Seberg as Cécile. The film was adapted from a highly popular novel by Françoise Sagan and tells the tale of a playboy father and his spoiled daughter on vacation in Southern France. The arrival of Cécile’s godmother, played by Deborah Kerr, puts a damper on their...
Yesterday I began a Godard marathon to help me prepare for my exams and to narrow down my dissertation topic. I began with Godard’s first commercially financed short film, Charlotte et Véronique, ou Tous les garçons s’apellent Patrick (1959). The film stars Jean-Claude Brialy as Patrick, a young man who manages to seduce both Charlotte and Véronique on the same day. Little does he...