American Hustle and Breathless (thumbnail reviews)

Seberg & Belmondo; Adams and Bale

Adams and Bale

Breathless

Seberg and Belmondo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adams and Bale negotiate in pure heat and desperation.  Physically counter-intuitive as a couple, yet they come from similar psychic places.  They play by others’ rules grudgingly but turn the game on its head until they’re back on top.  The losers in this film are not the ones you might predict.

Belmondo & Seberg negotiate in crosstalk, jibes, & dry kisses.  He smokes, makes faces.  She smiles radiantly at him, at the camera.  It’s a Star-crossed love story.  He just happens to be on the run from the law and infatuated with American gangsterism.

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