Breathless: How World War II Changed Cinema

In this video essay, Nerdwriter1 explores how World War II changed the entire course of film history, allowing for an influx of American movies that shaped the French New Wave, including films like Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (1960), a groundbreaking movie that participates in the Hollywood films it admires while remaining all the while self-conscious, a consciousness that eventually made its way back across the Atlantic.


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Criterion Collection

French New Wave

Jean-Luc Godard