Tyler Knudsen, who goes by “CinemaTyler” on YouTube, has posted a remarkable video essay about what he learned, or rather what a viewer could learn, by watching Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless. This comprehensive piece takes us through the movie, its history, and the labors required to get it made with great deftness–and to top it off, it’s interactive! What this means is that, at regular points during the video, you (if you’re watching on a desktop) can click on buttons which will lead you to supplemental videos which discuss key terms or films, such as “Hollywood renaissance,” or “The 400 Blows.” The breadth of Knudsen’s scholarship is impressive, and the things Knudsen says he has learned from the film are impressive as well. The first of these? “There are no rules in art.”
This video is part of a fantastic series–you can take a look at Knudsen’s other subjects here.