Godard on Belmondo -- one year before Breathless
This quote is taken from:
Godard on Godard: critical writings; edited by Jean Narboni; [edited and translated from the French by] Tom Milne; with an introduction by Richard Roud (page 99)
In the November 26 1958 issue of Arts, - almost a year before Breathless went before the cameras - Jean-Luc Godard write this about John-Paul Belmondo in a review of the film Drole de dimanche.
". . . he is the Michel Simon and Jules Berry of tomorrow; even so, this brilliant actor would have to be used differently and elsewhere."