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Jules and Jim (1962)

Jules et Jim (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 23 January 1962 (France)
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

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Cast

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Jules (as Oscar Werner)
Henri Serre ...
Jim
Vanna Urbino ...
Gilberte
Serge Rezvani ...
Albert (as Bassiak)
Anny Nelsen ...
Sabine Haudepin ...
Sabine, la petite
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Thérèse
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Storyline

In Paris, before WWI, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French) fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. After the war, when they meet again in Germany, Catherine starts to love Jim... This is the story of three people in love, a love which does not affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. Written by Yepok

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A Hymn to Life and Love

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 January 1962 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£25,589 (UK) (30 May 2008)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

François Truffaut came across the original novel by Henri-Pierre Roché in the mid-50s whilst browsing through some secondhand books in Paris. He later befriended the author. See more »

Goofs

Around the 35th minute, a train is shown. It is supposed to be just after WWI (the girl, Sabine, is very young), but the train is marked SNCF. The SNCF was founded in 1937... Many years afterwards. See more »

Quotes

Catherine: Watch us well, Jules!
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Connections

Referenced in The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani (as 'Boris Bassiak' or Cyrus Bassiak)
Performed by Jeanne Moreau with Serge Rezvani on guitar
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No -- still not getting it.
5 August 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois, USA) – See all my reviews

Whenever a commentator declares outright that a film is a complete waste of time and that nobody, BUT NOBODY, should ever watch it, I tend to peg that commentator as an opinionated ass. So I would never say that about a well-respected film like "Jules and Jim." But quite honestly, I can't warm up to it. I've watched it on more than one occasion over the years, and it never fails to put me to sleep at both ends of my anatomy. I've just viewed a DVD edition in which a film scholar clearly explains his views on the fascination of "Jules and Jim." But I still couldn't see why the relationship of these three tedious characters, discussed and analyzed in all its very tedious minutiae by those same characters and an off-screen narrator (also tedious), should interest me. It's certainly beloved by academic types (maybe for those very same characteristics?), and film critics eat it up like it has gravy on it. Like another commentator, I'm a bit puzzled by all the comments about its lyrical, lighthearted and idyllic qualities. I'm left with the impression of a rather dry, academic dissertation on the complexities of male-female relationships ca. 1961 (the 1910 setting seems to me immaterial to the script).

I can't help feeling that I'm missing something, and I'm not averse to French films, but they're usually older, pre-new-wave films, for example "Forbidden Games," "French Can-Can," or Pagnol's "Fanny" trilogy. I take it that the sentimentality of such films is one of the things new wave directors reacted against. If so, I can't jump on their bandwagon, try as I might. I've enjoyed some of Truffaut's work, but not this, I'm afraid.

To those who love and appreciate "Jules and Jim" -- have pleasure of it. I envy you for that, and maybe I'll try it again in a few years.


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