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Les deux Anglaises et le continent
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18 November 1971 (France) See more »
At the beginning of the 20th century, Claude Roc, a young middle-class Frenchman meets in Paris Ann Brown... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Claude Roc

Kika Markham ... Ann Brown
Stacey Tendeter ... Muriel Brown
Sylvia Marriott ... Mrs. Brown
Marie Mansart ... Madame Roc
Philippe Léotard ... Diurka
Irène Tunc ... Ruta
Mark Peterson ... Mr. Flint
Georges Delerue ... Claude's Business Agent
Marie Iracane ... Madame Roc's maidservant
Marcel Berbert ... Vendeur d'art
Jeanne Lobre ... Porter
David Markham ... Palmist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sophie Baker ... Amie au café (uncredited)
René Gaillard ... Chauffeur de taxi (uncredited)
Anne Levaslot ... Muriel enfant (uncredited)
Annie Miller ... Monique (uncredited)
Christine Pellé ... Secrétaire de Claude (uncredited)

Guillaume Schiffman ... Enfant (uncredited)
Mathieu Schiffman ... Enfant (uncredited)
Jeanne Sophie ... Clarisse (uncredited)
Eva Truffaut ... Enfant (uncredited)

François Truffaut ... Récitant / Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Laura Truffaut ... Enfant (uncredited)

Directed by
François Truffaut 
Writing credits
Henri-Pierre Roché (novel "Deux anglaises et le continent")

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

Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
Film Editing by
Martine Barraqué 
Yann Dedet 
Production Design by
Michel de Broin 
Costume Design by
Gitt Magrini 
Makeup Department
Simone Knapp .... hair stylist
Production Management
Marcel Berbert .... executive in charge of production
Claude Miller .... production manager (as Claude Miler)
Roland Thénot .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Suzanne Schiffman .... assistant director
Olivier Mergault .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jean-Claude Dolbert .... property master
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko .... design assistant (as Jean-Pierre Kohut)
Sound Department
René Levert .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Yves Lafaye .... assistant camera
Jean-Claude Rivière .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierangelo Cicoletti .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Claudine Kaufmann .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Christian Lentretien .... production administrator
Christine Pellé .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Les deux Anglaises et le continent" - France (original title)
"Two English Girls and the Continent" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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USA:108 min (cut version) | France:116 min (cut version) | 130 min (director's cut) | Argentina:120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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Anne's last words in the film are, "If you send for a doctor, I will see him now." These were writer Emily Brontë's last words before she died, Truffaut who was an avid reader probably used her words in the film as an homage or to compare her to the character of Anne.See more »
Ann Brown:If you send for a doctor, I will see him now.See more »
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References Jules and Jim (1962)See more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Flawed and tender, 30 December 2009
Author: Chris Rolls from Berlin, Germany

The actor Jean-Pierre Leaud, the child star of Truffaut's breakthrough '400 Blows' and who plays the protagonist Claude in 'Deux Anglaises et le Continent' symbolises the flawed and tender charm at the heart of this 1971 film. Leaud can't act. Nevertheless, by dint of his solemn Gallic charm and beauty, there is something deeply moving about this turn-of-the- century cross-Channel menage-a-trois.

The story is an adaptation of a novel by Truffaut's beloved author Henri Pierre Roche who also wrote the novel which inspired 'Jules et Jim'. 'Deux Anglaises et le Continent' is written in diary form from the points of view of three characters, Anne, Muriel and Claude who make up the narrative's central love triangle. The story is basically one of thwarted love. Both English sisters develop strong feelings for their French 'brother' Claude, which eventually turns into destructive sexual passion. As such, the film is an inversion of 'Jules et Jim', which was a comic celebration of love between two close male friends and one girl. Stories of doomed love appealed to Truffaut.

When it appeared in cinemas, the film was a critical and commercial flop. In '71 society was in the grip of sexual liberation, and here was Truffaut, who had reflected the zeitgeist so perfectly six years earlier with a whimsical celebration of liberated passion in 'Jules et Jim' serving up a period piece more reminiscent of the buttoned-up prudery of a Bronte novel.

There are many things wrong with the film. There is an odd tension between the acceptance of Claude's promiscuity as a French fait accompli on the one hand, and the sisters' chaste Victorian values on the other. The film also contains anachronisms throughout which it's fun to spot, including modern electricity pylons. The first half of the film is set in Wales but you can tell it was filmed in Normandy (Truffaut didn't want to travel to a non-French speaking location.) There are several scenes in English in which the dialogue makes you squirm. And, in my opinion, it was an error of judgement on the film maker's part to record the voice-over narration himself in such a hasty, lacklustre tone.

And yet, and yet... There is something moving and wonderful at the heart of this film because it is naive. When it was made, society had moved on and women were taking the pill and changing history; the last thing it wanted was a pastel mood-piece about two thirty year-old virgins. But there is an innocence at the film's heart which is not sentimental but you could call it very male. On the one side you have Leaud's truly shocking moments of ham acting, stilted dialogue, unbelievable period settings and a generally plodding tone, but in the balance these are outweighed by the beauty of the cinematography, the fine performances from Kika Markham and Stacey Tendeter, the music, and Truffaut's genuine feeling for the intricacies of love in all its colours.

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