Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fashion Flashback: Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless"

Jean Seberg as Patricia in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film Breathless

While at home over the holidays, I stumbled upon a collection of Ernest Hemingway stories in a box of my old things.  I started reading A Moveable Feast, memoirs of the author's time spent in Paris in the 1920s.  I've never been to Paris -- well, I have, but I was much too young to remember it -- but I hope someday I'll get to go and have actual memories to take away from the experience.  I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

Like Hemingway, the American actress Jean Seberg found inspiration and work in France.  She said of the experience of living in Paris:
"I'm enjoying it to the fullest extent. I've been tremendously lucky to have gone through this experience at an age where I can still learn. That doesn't mean that I will stay here. I'm in Paris because my work has been here. I'm not an expatriate. I will go where the work is."
One of my favorite French films is Jean Luc-Godard's very first, Breathless (À bout de souffle), starring Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo.  Photographer Martyna Galla did a wonderful photoshoot that recreated scenes from Breathless.  I think the model does a great job of capturing Seberg's elfin charm.  On the left you'll see scenes from the film, on the right are Galla's photos.

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