‘Breathless’ from a Rooftop and a Mail Cart


When I wrote my review of Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Breathless I added a couple of links to the images included below as quick references but I always wanted to return to the subject before too much time passed and add some additional perspective.

For me, the shots below add to the excellence of Jean-Luc Godard’s classic French New Wave feature and hopefully it will do the same from you. The photos were taken by set photographer Raymond Cauchetier.

Mail Cart on the Champs-Élysées
In the picture to the left what you don’t see is cinematographer Raoul Coutard inside the three-wheeled mail cart with a small hole cut in front for the camera. Director Jean-Luc Godard follows behind as Coutard films Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg in the scene featured in the video to the right as they walk down the Champs-Élysées.
Coutard from a rooftop above the Champs-Élysées
At the end of the scene featured in my first clip comes this following exchange between Belmondo and Seberg, which was also shot by Coutard, this time removed from his confined mail cart, from a rooftop high above the Champs-Élysées.

Featured below is a larger look at the rooftop shot.

Raoul Coutard high above the Champs-Élysées filming a scene from Breathless
Photo: Raymond Cauchetier

If you don’t yet own Breathless click here and remedy that issue. For an even more extensive look into Godard’s work on Breathless with Coutard click here for more on Cauchetier’s photos and his work capturing shots from the set of Breathless.