What’s new about A bout de souffle? To begin with, the way characters are conceived. Godard never uses a particularly precise line in the way he sketches his characters; instead, he follows – consciously – a series of contradictory directions. Godard is an instinctive creator, and rather than logic per se (which he was happy enough to follow in his first, tentative efforts, but which he is now too lazy to follow – and I don’t think it interests him), he follows the logic of his instinct.
April 01, 1960