Nouvelle Vague. In Breathless (1960), one of the most influential films of the last six decades, the 26-year-old Belmondo played Michel Poiccard, who steals a car in Marseille, kills the policeman who follows him and hides out in Paris with his American girlfriend (Jean Seberg).
What struck one immediately were the thick, sprawling lips – on to which was stuck a Gauloise – the broken nose, and the sunglasses, suit, tie and hat worn as a homage to the great US gangster prototypes, especially Humphrey Bogart.
At one stage, Poiccard looks at a filmposter, runs his fingers over his lips and sighs: “Bogie. ”Despite the tough exterior, Belmondo gave the impression of fragility, with his pale, delicate skin and soft, voice.Read more on msn.com