Saturday, 21 March 2009

A Wasted Love Story - A Bout De Souffle

A Bout de Souffle (1959)

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard, one of the founding members of 'La Nouvelle Vague'.

This scene shows Patricia (American actress Jean Seberg) and Michel (French actor Jean Paul Belmondo) in one of the film's trademark love scenes.

Basically he'll count to 8. If she refuses to smile before then, he'll strangle her (all in jest of course..). A test of courage or cowardice.

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