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Director:
Writers:
Henri-Pierre Roché (novel)
François Truffaut (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
23 January 1962 (France) See more »
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Plot:
Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins See more »
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Truffaut's "Hymn to Life" See more (110 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanne Moreau ... Catherine

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

Michel Subor ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danielle Bassiak ... Albert's companion (uncredited)
Elen Bober ... Mathilde (uncredited)
Pierre Fabre ... Drunkard in cafe (uncredited)
Dominique Lacarrière ... One of the women (uncredited)
Bernard Largemain ... Merlin (uncredited)
Kate Noelle ... Birgitta (uncredited)
Jean-Louis Richard ... Customer in cafe (uncredited)
Michel Varesano ... Customer in cafe (uncredited)
Christiane Wagner ... Helga (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
 
Writing credits
Henri-Pierre Roché (novel)

François Truffaut (adaptation and dialogue) &
Jean Gruault (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Marcel Berbert .... executive producer (uncredited)
François Truffaut .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Raoul Coutard 
 
Film Editing by
Claudine Bouché 
 
Production Design by
Fred Capel (uncredited)
 
Costume Design by
Fred Capel (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Simone Knapp .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Simone Knapp .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Maurice Urbain .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Bober .... assistant director (uncredited)
Florence Malraux .... assistant director (uncredited)
Georges Pellegrin .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beausoleil .... camera operator (uncredited)
Raymond Cauchetier .... still photographer (uncredited)
Fernand Coquet .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Suzanne Schiffman .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jules et Jim" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
105 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Hong Kong:IIA | Portugal:M/16 (DVD re-rating) | Portugal:17 (original rating) | Portugal:M/12 (re-rating) (1975) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:7 (re-release: 2003) | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
François Truffaut hated filming love scenes, which is why Jim and Catherine's big scene is shot in half darkness.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Jules, Jim, and Albert are sitting on the grass sharing stories about the war, the order of the three characters repeatedly changes between shots. Note that this is actually a goof on the Criterion Region 1 disc, and the Tartan Region 2 DVD, in which the film is reversed left/right. It does not occur in other DVD releases of this film, including the Fox/Lorber Region 1 release.See more »
Quotes:
Jules:She's more optimistic than you where time's concerned. She was at the hairdresser's and and arrived at 8:00 to dine with you.
Jim:If I'd known she might still come, I'd have waited til midnight.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Green Room (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Le TourbillonSee more »

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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Truffaut's "Hymn to Life", 25 May 2006
Author: marissas75 from United States

Although "Jules and Jim" was made over 40 years ago and takes place 40 to 50 years before that, the amazing thing is that it barely seems to have dated. Because it focuses on the universal human relationships between its characters, rather than the specific time in which they live, it's the rare film set in the past that doesn't feel like a "period film." And, especially in the first half of the movie, Truffaut's New Wave techniques lend a remarkable energy and freshness.

The movie explores friendship and love among three semi-bohemian types: Parisian Jim (Henri Serre), Austrian Jules (Oskar Werner), and Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), the beautiful, free-spirited woman whom they both love. She's the most vibrant character in the movie, and impossible to pin down. It's never clear who she loves—she contradicts herself repeatedly, and perhaps loves no one but herself—or whether she's diabolical or simply misunderstood. Moreau nearly steals the movie, if not for the fact that the title reminds us to focus on the relationship between the two men, and that Serre and Werner give good performances too. Even if Jim and Jules aren't as mysterious as Catherine, they're complex and interesting characters in their own right.

The story plays out rather episodically, which means "Jules and Jim" is full of wonderful little moments, often involving the crazy things Catherine does. Some of my favorites include her dressing up as a man and racing Jules and Jim across a bridge; her jumping into the Seine in frustration; and her singing the movie's charming theme song, "The Whirlpool of Life." The episodes are linked together by surprisingly unobtrusive off-screen narration, which keeps the film moving along rather than slowing it down.

"Jules and Jim" does get a little tiresome toward the end, with Catherine continually vacillating between the men in her life, Jim vacillating between Catherine and his old girlfriend Gilberte, and Jules remaining loyally devoted to Catherine despite how foolish this may seem. However, the movie is redeemed by its tragic final scenes, which poignantly contrast with the carefree gaiety of the beginning. Jules, Jim, and Catherine are caught in a destructive spiral, tossed and defeated by the whirlpool of life. Still, the tone of the movie is gentle and human, not pessimistic. Truffaut considered "Jules and Jim" a "hymn to life," and it is most memorable as a vivid celebration of friendship and youthful possibility, even as it acknowledges how those things can sour.

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