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Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” (60th Anniversary Restoration)

Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” (60th Anniversary Restoration)

Join us at the Rio Theatre for screenings of a film that has earned its place in film history, Jean-Luc Godard‘s seminal French New Wave classic BREATHLESS, which has been beautifully restored for its 60th Anniversary.

Adapted from an original treatment from cineaste auteur Francois Truffaut Godard directed the film from his own original screenplay. Jean-Paul Belmondo stars as small-time crook Michel, who steals a car and murders a policeman. While on the run, he reconnects with Patricia (Jean Seberg), a journalism student living in Paris, and tries to convince her to go on the lam with him.

“There are precious few titles in the history of cinema that can truly be called  ‘revolutionary,’ and Godard’s ‘Breathless’ is one of those few it gave us a new  way of making movies and a new way of thinking about them, a new rhythm of life,  a new way of looking at ourselves. And, like all great pictures, it seems as fresh
and startling today as it did 60 years ago.” (Martin Scorsese)

“REVELATORY! This restoration provided a welcome jolt of the new!” (The New Yorker)

“Fifty years on, still the newest movie in town!” (Vogue)

“A thrilling reminder of how playful Godard could be.” (Village Voice)

Breathless’ was the first foreign language film that really felt dangerous. Watching  Godard’s masterpiece for the first time really made me feel like I was in the hands  of an unstable narrator: anything could happen at any moment. There were no  rules. It felt like cinematic punk rock. Breathless shattered all the conventions I had been raised to believe were a necessary ingredient to foreign language cinema,
and the film has not lost an ounce of its potency. The hotel  sequence for me is still the most accurate reflection I have ever seen on screen of  what it is like to be part of a couple. The film oozes with style, from Belmondo’s  dangling ashy cigarette to Seberg’s closely cropped hairdo, to music and the jump
cut editorial style.” (Eli Roth)

Saturday, December 4
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Tuesday, December 7 Final Screening
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $15 HERE | $15 at the door

Advance tickets are recommended for all shows to ensure seating. Online sales for every screening automatically end 1 hour before any given showtime.

*Minors permitted in the balcony. Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
*Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK for any single film screening only. Please redeem at the box office.
*If you are looking to redeem your tickets to either a canceled Rio Theatre screening or a Rio Theatre gift certificate, please email <[email protected]> with info including your name, canceled receipt number, gift certificate info, what you are wanting to see and when, and we can make the switch for you in advance. Alternately, you can bring this information with you to the venue, and we will do our best to help you at the box office.

In accordance with the Province of British Columbia’s current PHO from the Ministry of Health, all eligible patrons must present their proof of vaccine status for entry. No exceptions.

BREATHLESS (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960 / 90 min / 14A / French with English subtitles) A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he attempts to persuade a girl to run away to Italy with him.

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