The breathless Jean Seberg

The emotionally fragile Jean Seberg died 30 years ago but her pictures are still as fresh and beautiful as the day they were made.

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Born in Iowa, she gained fame in France—selling the International Herald tribune to Jean Paul Belemondo in Godard’s “Breathless” (à bout de souffle), a major work of the French New Wave:

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Married to Romain Gary, she supported the black panthers as well as native Indians’s rights. In retaliation, the FBI fabricated rumors about her. Unable to defend herself, she fell into depression and commited suicide in August 1979.”Death is: a punishment to some, to some a gift, and to many a favor.”  Seneca

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Her other major movie was “bonjour tristesse” (hello sadness) of Sagan; her real life was turbulent and tragic…

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In Breathless, Godard shoots the entire movie on a handheld camera and even though his film is a bit on the slow side for today’s attention deficient viewer, the images he’s created are visually bold and pretty modern (the film was made in 1960).

Seberg remains the quintessential “gamine” in this movie; one of the most beautiful scenes of this film is when the street lamps start to  light up one after another on the Champs Elysées,

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It’s Paris making a big entrance…Watch her in this short clip of Breathless here.To see my other post about a classic Alain Delon movie go here.And for l’Avventura check this link.

2 thoughts on “The breathless Jean Seberg

  1. so sad how even in America if u take a stand against the establishment ,you must pay dearly.
    another american woman icon snuffed like a ciggarette butt!
    first crush the Spirit and Will….
    thx for another wonderful post …

  2. Yes, she was my friend. We first met in L.A. while I was working with Romain Gary on his book at the time.After their divorce, we became close friends. So I was given the opportunity of interpreting her hectic, distrusful life at distance… There is more to say. I miss her. Let her rest for eternity in Cimetière Montmartre à Paris qu’elle adorait.

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