Has anyone seen this movie? I just got it on DVD and it’s pretty amazing… though I have a few questions. What’s up with the jump cutting? And also, there’s this scene where Michel and Patricia are in the car and when they are talking, the camera stays on Patricia rather than going shot/reverse shot between the two. What’s the point?
the jump cutting used prevalently in Breathless is very similar to jump cutting used in all French New Wave films of the time. Godard’s films as well as the films of fellow New Wave directors (e.g. Francois Truffaut) we made fast and cheap. jump cuts were used to save time and money. by using jump cutting, it allowed the director to edit scenes rather than reshoot them. from what i understand, jump cutting was very commonly used by New Wave directors. or so i’ve read :-</E>
i think that’s right