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This was taken on the set of Jules et Jim in 1962. The scene was an old-style French boxing match between Jules and Jim. Someone on the set turned a radio on in the break and it was playing one of Strauss's waltzes. The actors, Oskar Werner and Henri Serre, heard the music and in an instant the gym was transformed into a kind of village dance. Obviously there was the potential for a nice shot. The abandoned boxing glove, on the floor down to the right, looked like it might play a part, too, and I framed the picture accordingly.
This kind of photograph is uncontrollable, of course. You have to be ready, to anticipate, because by the time it takes for your brain to tell your finger to activate the shutter, the moment has gone. I love the balance in their gestures. But if you look at the contact »
- Jon Henley
François Truffaut, 1962
Jules and Jim was the biggest box-office success the French New Wave ever enjoyed. When it opened in Paris in January 1962, it played for nearly three months and it found the same crowds all over the world. (In America, two young men saw it – Robert Benton and David Newman – and they began to write a script that would become Bonnie and Clyde.) Although set in the era of the first world war, its sexual manners were an indicator of the 60s to come, with Catherine (Jeanne Moreau) in love with and loved by two men (at least) – Jules, a German, played by Oskar Werner, and Jim, a Frenchman, played by Henri Serre.
The way Jules and Jim emerged was a tribute to Moreau and to Truffaut's obsession with the idea that women were magical. It's an early dramatisation of feminist principles, but it's also the portrait of a bipolar personality drawn to self-destruction. »
- David Thomson
Over the past several weeks, the concept of “double dipping” has been brought to a heated point amongst DVD and Blu-ray collectors and enthusiasts. Double-dipping refers to the practice that many home media distributors use when re-releasing titles, either with new materials, packaging, or on a new format. This has been done for years by almost every studio, and is hotly debated by fans who feel the internal struggle of wanting to please the completist within, while at the same time not wanting to be taken advantage of by those seeking to milk a property as long as possible.
Last week we saw the long awaited Blu-ray release of the Lord of the Rings, a set that people have longed for ever since the high definition formats were announced. I know that personally, while the HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray format wars were still going on, the prospect of having Lord of »
- Ryan Gallagher
3 items from 2010
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