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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:

€35,661 (Italy) (2 June 2002)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was chosen by Premiere magazine as one of the "100 Movies That Shook the World" in the October 1998 issue. The list ranked the most "daring movies ever made." See more »

Goofs

When Jim has to return to Paris after his long stay, he jumps onto a train where the locomotive pulls two passenger cars and a cargo carriage (in that order) out of the station. After the cut to a longer aerial shot, it is pulling a cargo carriage and three passenger cars. See more »

Quotes

Récitant: Jim took it for granted that she belonged to Jules. Catherine wore that calm smile. It was natural and said everything.
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Connections

Referenced in 9½ Weeks (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani
Performed by Jeanne Moreau
Played at the guitar by Serge Rezvani
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art isn't about "identification"
4 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Why do so many people need to "get into the characters" "care about the characters" "identify with the characters", to enjoy or appreciate a great film? I think it's a type of selfishness, as shallow as the urge to reject an outcome one doesn't like. Examples: "I know it's good; but the ending was too down" (Lolita), or a woman I once heard criticize Unbearable Lightness of Being because one of the main characters is a womanizer who doesn't repent or have justice rendered to him. Ironically, in Jules and Jim, we see a woman who is a "manizer" whom some viewers are appalled or put off by).

Jules and Jim features three characters whose unrealism is beyond question - Truffaut himself might comment on how Catherine fascinated the other two, but I doubt very much he would claim any of the three to be "realistic". I think the whole thing is a fable, and therefore the three are more like archetypes. The beauty isn't really the story, but HOW the story unfolds, and, most importantly how it is told VISUALLY: the breeziness interrupted by dramatic outbursts (flames, jumping into the river, death by drowning), the exploration of love as a fleeing of tediousness and predictability, the hinting (yes there is a type of love between Jules and Jim, though not a homo erotic one) that friendship is always deeper than romantic love, the beautiful flowing and editing of sequences, for example: where all three go bicycling in the country.

The duty of film is to tell a story in moving images, to take advantage of the things that specifically make cinema different from drama or literature - moving the spectator about in space and time, which cannot be done in any other art form in quite the same way. But nothing about this movie is conventional, and people looking for "resolution", or a someone getting their comeuppances, or even a character learning more about himself must look elsewhere for gratification.


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