So who wins the battle of the Breathless? Jean-Luc Godard's groundbreaking 1960s all-time classic of the nouvelle vague or Jim McBride's feverish 1980s paean to kineticism and trousers.

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  • Comment number 66. Posted by Lee Grant

    on 22 Jul 2010 13:45

    MK..... Check your dates. 'Great balls of fire' was made 6 years AFTER 'Breathless.'
    So your Quaid/McBride theory doesn't quite cut the mustard..... Although i agree that the remake is better than the original. Though i still do believe the original to good.

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  • Comment number 65. Posted by Nonie Westbourne

    on 15 Jul 2010 20:50

    Have you all forgotten that Richard Gere is naked in this film? For women, that'll be remembered!

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  • Comment number 64. Posted by Mike

    on 14 Jul 2010 20:48

    I think that you're forever going to be controversial for this opinion and few will ever agree with it.

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  • Comment number 63. Posted by drwinstonoboogie

    on 12 Jul 2010 22:24

    I love the remake, I caught up with it again recently on TCM and was blown away how fresh it felt.

    I genuinely agree with Dr Kermode on this one, a visual/aural feast for the eyes (and that's just Gere's buns and singing)

    I recommend that anyone interested in cinema, check it out.....even if just to see where Tarantino lifted some of his ideas from!




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  • Comment number 62. Posted by Blodget

    on 12 Jul 2010 08:35

    *one OF his films. Not me. I agree, an edit button is needed.

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  • Comment number 61. Posted by Blodget

    on 12 Jul 2010 08:34

    @margegunderson. Of COURSE I don't mean it, I like Jaws. Which suprises me a little considering how much I've gone off Spielberg in recent years. Jaws is - thankfully - one me his films in which he doesn't quite give you ALL the answers in a neat little package, in the way of...say Close Encounters, Catch Me If You Can, Schindler's List. Close Encounters Extended Cut is a prime example actually of how his films end a scene too late, and in said scene he overdoes the 'aw, shucks' AND gives you the answers to the film's questions. And Schindler's List just has a train crash of an ending which goes SO far just begging for your tears it becomes the worst kind of exploitative. And a little aggravating.

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  • Comment number 60. Posted by Amber_

    on 12 Jul 2010 02:08

    Or making a really dumb joke and having terrible taste depending on how concerned one is over Godard's legacy. But sacrifice of personal dignity aside, it's not like he punched a baby in the face or something.

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  • Comment number 59. Posted by Amber_

    on 12 Jul 2010 00:48

    @Jaspar:

    So? Who cares what a handful of people on a blog might think? You seem like a smart enough guy, but you also seem to have progressively gotten caught up in criticizing people rather the actual films we're discussing, calling people's attitudes disgusting when all they're doing is offering an opinion. If it's a matter of "but THEY started it" then why bother lowering yourself to their level? It's not like they can force you to stop enjoying your movies, and I'm pretty sure Godard could care less about his critical popularity. There's passionate arguing and then... well, there's something else.

    As for the overall issue of Kermode's blog at hand here. Waving away everything else for a moment and focusing strictly on THIS entry, it essentially boils down to, "Yeah, that Godard movie that came out this year was terrible, but Breathless is in theater right now. I like naked Richard Gere in his golf pants better, but the original isn't too bad either and if you haven't seen it then check it out." At worst, he's guilty of making a really dumb joke which is getting blown out of proportion.

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  • Comment number 58. Posted by Jaspar

    on 11 Jul 2010 20:28

    @Amber_ "Would you have been so angry if he had made an unpopular statement that you had agreed with?"

    It depends. I thought Avatar was a let down, but Kermode's playschool review with the Smurf and the Action Man doll was one of the most embarrassing things I've ever seen. It was yet another example of complete Kermode overkill; same with Godard, same with 3D. Why make a totally obvious point once when you can make it again and again, with the joke becoming more and more desperate with each subsequent attempt.

    I'm not really a Danny Dire fan either, but the same thing can be said about M.K's continual "Dyer ire" I mean, why even bother reviewing the new Danny Dyer film anyway; it just seems like he does it for no other reason than to play at the stupid "mockney" accent and make fun of the actor and his fan base, which is pretty cheap, really.

    People can disregard Godard or any acclaimed filmmaker all they want, but they should do so intelligently. Just because something doesn't work for the individual doesn't mean that it should be disrespected, or that the fans or admirers should be disrespected. I'd defend Twilight fans with as much sincerity if I felt they were being sneered at.

    @ "maybe you ought to go back and examine your earlier posts in this thread because you weren't exactly selling yourself in any other manner."

    I never at any point attempted to "sell myself"; just to add an opposing voice. But the lack of respect (both in society and in the arts) is a major concern to me. Important work from previous generations should be preserved and respected. We can do without calling the filmmaker a "pompous twit", or the film itself "bum gravy"

    Or quotes like this: "To be honest, anyone who sits watching a Godard film stroking there chin and nodding to themselves thinking what a great piece of work it is is probably just as pretentious, if not more so, than Godard himself. Seriously - i'd have a quiet word with myself if i were you."

    But yes, obviously I'm the one who should go back and look at my previous posts, given that I've never, in my history of posting here, ever made such a rude and patronising dismissal of a particular group's personal taste. Obviously, that kind of dismissive snobbery is entirely acceptable, but a long and passionate argument is something to be ashamed of.

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  • Comment number 57. Posted by MargeGunderson

    on 11 Jul 2010 17:31

    Grrrrr! Of course I meant mean not meant! (Edit button pleeeaaase BBC)

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