A BOUT DE SOUFFLE/BREATHLESS (1959) POSTER, FRENCH
Unframed: 79 x 61 cm (31 x 24 in.)
This is a 1960 French New Wave film written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo as a small-time criminal, and Jean Seberg as his American girlfriend. This was Godard's first feature-length work and Belmondo's breakthrough as an actor. This film was one of the earliest and most influential examples of French New Wave, and along with other films released just a year earlier, brought international acclaim to this new untraditional style of French filmmaking, owing to its visual style and unconventional filming techniques. This is one of the most sought after French New Wave posters.
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Linen-backed. Excellent condition with the colours remaining very strong. Minor restoration to folds and a couple of very small surface abrasions, which do not affect the main artwork.
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Les Affiches de la Nouvelle Vague 1958-1969, Editions du Pecari, 1998, page 13