Saturday, 10 July 2010


I went to see Breathless last night at the cinema, a super-sharp new print to celebrate the cult classic’s 50th anniversary. Paris looks at its best in black and white and it has never looked prettier than here, with beautiful classic cars lining the streets. Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo as the amoral Michel, all swagger in his too-big suit, are all about beauty too. The real star of the show, though, is Seberg’s elfin haircut – one of the most influential in cinema history, along with Audrey Hepburn’s in Roman Holiday, perhaps? How modern, gamine and young she looks, refreshingly natural, and effortlessly stylish in pumps, stripes and dark glasses. It's all so far from the identikit collagen-plumped, botoxed, airbrushed blandness that's ubiquitous today. It makes you want to march straight to the nearest hairdressers and brave the scissors once and for all. Not to mention jump on the Eurostar, wearing a single-breasted trench coat, to smoke many, many Gauloises.

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