Michel Poiccard  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Jean-Paul Belmondo's iconic performance as the remorseless and self-consciously fatalistic car thief and cop-killer, Michel Poiccard, in Godard's À bout de souffle (1960), is perhaps the first cinematic example of the postmodern psychopath. Godard seems to suggest that it is the residually accruing collective memory of conventionalized portrayals of gangsters and underworld criminals in American B-movies and pulp fiction since the 1930s which have made Poiccard a kind of wannabe tough-guy psychopath-poseur through the cultural-ideological effect of osmotic suggestion and participatory facsimile.




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