Belmondo Vs. Mastroianni

For the next three Tuesday-Wednesday frames, NWFF is pushing “The Duel of the Cool: Belmondo Vs. Mastroianni.” This week’s pairing is Breathless and La Dolce Vita, which you could also think of as Godard versus Fellini, or Seberg versus Ekberg, or Paris versus Rome. Both these titles were made in 1960, but they seem eras removed. Jumpy and thuggish, Jean-Paul Belmondo embodies the nouvelle vague—he’s a gangster self-consciously basing his persona on gangster movies. By contrast, Marcello Mastroianni is catlike and calm, a reactor instead of an actor, a weary witness to the glamorous tumult around him. He makes an art out of boredom, while for Belmondo boredom equals death. But you’ve got four more movies to decide whom you prefer; and NWFF will collect your ballots to determine who wears the celluloid crown. (NR) Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., 267-5380, $25-$40 (series), $5-$8.50 (individual). 7 and 9 p.m. BRIAN MILLER

Tue., April 29, 7 & 9 p.m., 2008

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