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Shock and awe

For a film all you need is a girl and a gun but you need someone to pay the girl and buy the gun." That's critic Colin MacCabe describing the genesis of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless , the French film that in 1960 revolutionized world cinema with its sim
Breathless 50 years later
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 09, 2010
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The garden of Vittorio De Sica

Vittorio De Sica, the subject of a major retrospective at the Harvard Film Archive, "Vittorio De Sica — Neo-Realism, Melodrama, Fantasy," was a movie star in Italy before he became a filmmaker.
Mostly high points at the Harvard Film Archive
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  June 04, 2010
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Review: I'm Gonna Explode

Gerardo Naranjo probably had the final image of Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le fou in mind when he titled this tale of youth in revolt Mexican-style, but I don't recall rebels Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina being so vapid and annoying.
Stuck on the roof
By GERALD PEARY  |  January 08, 2010
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Review: Public Enemies

The gangster movie ruled Depression-era cinema — and that might be cause for concern about our present economic difficulties should the genre make a comeback.
Michael Mann's reheated crime waive
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 03, 2009
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Pop goes Wittgenstein

"We were indeed in a political film — that is to say, Walt Disney plus blood." You might have read that bit of '60s film voiceover in a book, but it's unlikely you've ever heard Anna Karina speak it.
Jean-Luc Godard at the Museum of Fine Arts
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 18, 2009
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Mais oui!

“Ici on parle français” was the watchword at the BSO’s 2007 “Opening Night at Symphony” last evening.
Opening Night at the BSO
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 10, 2007


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Notre ami Pierrot

“Film is like a battleground,” American director Sam Fuller pronounces famously at the cocktail party in Pierrot le fou .
Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 omnibus rides again
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 12, 2007
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An Italian feast

A group of performers — especially one unified by gender and culture — is an unconventional focus for a film series.
‘Signore + Signore’ isn’t just about the ladies
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  August 07, 2007
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Classe Tous Risques

Some day someone’s got to pay the same tribute to Jean-Paul Belmondo that he paid to Bogart in À bout de souffle|Breathless .
Not a classic, but one of its stars is.
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 14, 2006