There was before Breathless, and there was after Breathless. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspired him as a writer for Cahiers du cinéma. With its lack of polish, surplus of attitude, anything-goes crime narrative, and effervescent young stars Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg, Breathless helped launch the French New Wave and ensured that cinema would never be the same.
- Restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director of photography Raoul Coutard, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Archival interviews with director Jean-Luc Godard and actors Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, and Jean-Pierre Melville
- Interviews from 2007 with Coutard, assistant director Pierre Rissient, and filmmaker D. A. Pennebaker
- Two video essays: filmmaker Mark Rappaport’s Jean Seberg and critic Jonathan Rosenbaum’s “Breathless” as Criticism
- Chambre 12, Hôtel de Suède, an eighty-minute 1993 documentary about the making of Breathless
- Charlotte et son Jules, a 1959 short by Godard featuring Belmondo
- PLUS: An essay by scholar Dudley Andrew, writings by Godard, and, for the Blu-ray edition, François Truffaut’s original treatment and Godard’s scenario