Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fifty years ago

When Jean-Luc Godard's first feature length film, À Bout de Souffle (Eng: Breathless) opened in 1960, critics were at once enraged and enthralled by its iconoclasm. Bosley Crowther of the New York Times wrote: "sordid is really a mild word for its pile-up of gross indecencies". The film's radically new look had a lot to do with the nature of the filming. Raoul Coutard, who had been working in Vietnam for 11 years as a war photographer, shot the whole thing on a rented hand-held camera.

There are plenty of photos here (The Telegraph) and a great interview, too, with Coutard.

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