Jean-Luc Godard

“The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn’t.”


On the set of Breathless


Bardot and Godard on the set of Contempt

Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean-Paul Belmondo

Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless (1960, dir. Jean-Luc Godard)

“When I accepted the role, [Godard] gave me the script. Three little pages on which he’d written:

He leaves Marseilles.

He steals a car.

He wants to sleep with the girl again. She doesn’t.

In the end, he either lives or dies – to be decided.

That was it. So every morning, I learned about Poiccard’s further adventures. I had no idea what would happen to me that day. I found out each morning.”