Sunday, August 10, 2008

My look at McBride's Breathless at The Amplifier


My look at Jim McBride's audacious 1983 remake of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless can now be read at The Amplifier for those interested.
The film, which I admire very much, was a failure at the time but can now be seen clearly as a precursor to Tarantino among several other modern genre mixing directors. Tarantino has in fact named McBride's undervalued work starring Richard Gere and Valerie Kaprisky a favorite.

4 comments:

The King Of Cool said...

I've never seen this before, so I'll have to check it out.

Steve Langton said...

Very nice review. Just left a comment at Amplifier.

J.D. said...

Nice review! It's been years since I've seen this film but it left me a little empty to be honest. It seemed like an exercise in style and nothing more. Altho, I did love Gere constantly ruminating on about the Silver Surfer, which obvious had a HUGE influence on Tarantino (see CRIMSON TIDE).

Ned Merrill said...

Very solid piece, Jeremy. It makes me all the more perturbed that the DVD is full-frame and makes me wish I'd picked up the widescreen laserdisc years ago when I had the chance.

I'm sure you'll be thrilled to know that Mondo Vision, a new outfit, will be releasing 3 Zulawski films on Region 1 in stunning new transfers--including LA FEMME PUBLIQUE (THE PUBLIC WOMAN) also starring Valerie Kaprisky.

Mondo Vision site (under construction):
http://www.mondo-vision.com/index.php
The others are L'IMPORTANT C'EST D'AIMER (THE IMPORTANT THING IS TO LOVE) and L'AMOUR BRAQUE.

Tim Lucas just wrote about L'IMPORANT C'EST D'AIMER:
http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/search?q=zulawski