Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in 'Breathless'A girl and a gun. That's all you need to make a movie, Jean-Luc Godard famously said. In fact, it was all Godard needed to make a film that would change movies forever.

The girl was Jean Seberg. The gun was wielded by Jean-Paul Belmondo. And the film was Godard's debut feature, 'Breathless,' first released in France in March, 1960, and being re-released across America throughout this summer, starting Friday in New York and Los Angeles, in a newly-restored print.

The simple lovers-on-the-lam plot of 'Breathless' was true to Godard's maxim. Yet the way he told the story was so astonishing that it launched a revolution in filmmaking whose influence persists to this day. Here's how 'Breathless' rocked the world of movies, and why watching it today still takes our breath away.
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