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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 Classic Relationship Triangle as Idiosyncratic, Disconcerting and Mesmerizing as Ever See more (109 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
The production was so small and had so little money that Jeanne Moreau was often called upon to lend her Rolls Royce for ferrying around props. She even did some of the catering, particularly in the scenes where Jim visits Jules and Catherine in Germany.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:But not this one, Jim. Okay?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Two English Girls (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
Le TourbillonSee more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Truffaut's Classic Relationship Triangle as Idiosyncratic, Disconcerting and Mesmerizing as Ever, 27 May 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

The enduring legacy around François Truffaut's emotionally turbulent 1962 film depends primarily on how compatible the three actors are in inhabiting the triangle at the core of the story adapted from Henri-Pierre Roché semi-autobiographical novel. And in fact, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre and especially Jeanne Moreau provide superbly etched characterizations in one of the defining works of the French New Wave. Fortunately, the two-disc Criterion Collection DVD set provides an appropriately rich package for this classic, although the print transfer is frustratingly variable at times.

The story focuses on the friendship between two writers, an Austrian named Jules and a Frenchman named Jim, kindred spirits who enjoy a decadent lifestyle in pre-WWI Paris. Inspired by a statue of a woman's face with a most enigmatic smile, they agree that they are destined to fall in love with a woman with the same smile. Enter Catherine, as seductively capricious a free-spirit as ever there was in cinema, and the two men are instantly enamored. Jules is intent on marrying her, even though it's clear from the outset that she is not one who could commit for the long term. The war intercedes, and the two friends are fighting on opposite sides. After the war, Catherine, married to Jules and raising their young daughter, is emotionally dissatisfied and embarks on an affair with Jim. With Jules' blessing, things are idyllic for a while, but Jim proves too much the alpha male to defer to Catherine's whims, and the resulting imbalance leads to increasingly dramatic consequences.

In just his third film, Truffaut's trademark style emerges with fast cuts between scenes and naturalistic camera movements (courtesy of Raoul Coutard's fluid cinematography). Moreover, George Delerue's animated music score and Michel Subor's voice-over add to the evocative photo-album memory atmosphere. At times, the storyline feels a bit disjointed, but the fulsome performances more than compensate. Werner fully captures the internal struggle within Jules in attempting to reconcile his love for Catherine with her impossible demands on him. Serre has the comparatively more objective role but convincingly shows his character surrendering to the tangled situation. After her impressive turn as an obsessed adulterer in Louie Malle's "Elevator to the Gallows", Moreau solidifies her vaunted reputation here, conveying Catherine's petulance and unyielding passion in a vividly mercurial fashion.

The DVD extras are abundant starting with two commentary tracks. The first one, a more factual account of the production, was recorded in 1992 with Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouche, co-screenwriter Jean Gruault, and scholar Annette Insdorf. The second, produced in 2000, is far better as it has Moreau sharing her personal recollections of the filming with Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana. Disc One also includes a brief 1966 interview with Truffaut discussing Roché and a 1985 featurette, "The Key to Jules and Jim", which contains interviews with the author's friends as they discuss the inspirations for the characters. Disc Two takes a broader look at Truffaut with five separate interviews with the director over the span of fifteen years, as well as insightful interviews with Coutard and co-screenwriter Jean Gruault.

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