Déjà vu

A view through an iris, followed by a direct cut to a kiss. In 1957, it was Gene Barry and Eve Brent in Sam Fuller’s western Forty Guns. Three years later, it was Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Jean-Luc Godard’s debut Breathless.

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2 Responses to Déjà vu

  1. Sam Juliano says:

    Ah, Anu, who can forget these especially Seberg and Belmondo who re-wrote the movie books with their celebrated endearment. The smooch in FORTY GUNS is rather unique. Bravo! Look forward to more creatively applied screen shots!

    • anubhavbist says:

      Thank you so much Sam. I cam across the scene while I was re-watching Forty Guns to see where it ranks on my top 60 ballot (for anyone who doesn’t know, Sam’s wonderful wordpress blog, http://wondersinthedark.wordpress.com/, will be doing a Greatest Westerns Poll and countdown in the near future and I have the privilege of being one of the voters submitting a ballot). Godard’s allusion to Fuller, a director he obviously had nothing but respect for, is one of the reasons I love Breathless. Every time I think I’ve seen everything this miracle of a film has to offer, I find something new to make me fall in love with it all over again.

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