When picking up his mail, a man is excited to see a letter from his sweetheart. His excitement turns to sorrow when he gets home to his flat and sees that it is a Dear John letter. But that... See full summary »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for her and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops to pick up ... See full summary »

Directors: Jean-Claude Carrière, Pierre Étaix
Stars: Georges Loriot, Nono Zammit, Lucien Frégis
The Suitor (1962)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Pierre is a shy man whose sole focus in life is studying astrology in solitude, which is often difficult since he still lives at and studies in his parent's house. His parent's would rather... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: France Arnel, Pierre Étaix, Laurence Lignières
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The director's cut (restored version) opens and closes with theatrical curtains in homage to Georges Méliés films, and is divided into four parts, separated by title cards: I - L'insomnie [... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Pierre Étaix, Denise Péronne, Simone Fonder
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After fifteen years of average married life and stifling in-laws, a businessman undergoes a midlife crisis and pursues his attractive young secretary.

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Pierre Étaix, Annie Fratellini, Nicole Calfan
Feeling Good (2010)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This short was originally one of the sequences of As Long as You're Healthy, in its 1965 version. In 1971, Pierre Étaix re-edited it to a short feature : Feeling good. In 2010, it was presented in the general reissue of his films.

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Roger Trapp, Preston, Robert Blome
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After the events of May 1968, the French went on vacations - and they were filmed during three months on the rural fairs, on the beaches, on promotional campaigns for products and ... See full summary »

Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Pierre Étaix, Maurice Biraud, Michel Lewin
Documentary | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Poetic and aesthetic visit of a large polystyrene factory.

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Pierre Dux, Sacha Vierny
Lola (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Roland Cassard is a young man with no job and seemingly no prospects. By chance, he runs into his former girlfriend, Cecile who works as a dancer at a cabaret under the stage name Lola. She... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Demy
Stars: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A kabuki actor's mistress hatches a jealous plot to bring down her lover's son.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Takeshi Sakamoto, Chôko Iida, Kôji Mitsui
Good Morning (1959)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Two boys begin a silence strike to press their parents into buying them a television set.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Chishû Ryû
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An old man and his son are walking along the road when they suddenly meet a speaking crow, which represents Marxist beliefs. They are soon moved back 750 years in time, changed into monks ... See full summary »

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Stars: Totò, Ninetto Davoli, Femi Benussi
Insomnie (1963)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Pierre Étaix
Stars: Lidia Binaghi, Gabriel Blondet, Laurence Gallimard
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne-Marie Royer
Anny Nelsen
Edit

Storyline

When picking up his mail, a man is excited to see a letter from his sweetheart. His excitement turns to sorrow when he gets home to his flat and sees that it is a Dear John letter. But that sorrow turns to anger as he figures that he will send her a Dear Jane letter in return. However, writing that letter isn't as easy as he hopes as he encounters one problem after another, from a broken fountain pen, to a temperamental ink well, to stuck stamps, to a broken desk. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1961 (West Germany)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film won two prizes in West Germany's film festivals in 1961: The International Film Critics Prize issued by FIPRESCI Jury, at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival; and the First Prize at the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen. See more »

Connections

Followed by Yoyo (1965) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Epistolary Story
17 April 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

There is a degree of formalism in this, the first short subject between collaborators Pierre Étaix and Jean-Claude Carrière. They would make use of many of the same techniques in their later works: the exaggerated sounds, the gracefulness of Étaix' movements, the musical motif and the essential tragedy of the story redeemed by concentration.

Given that by the time this short subject came out, the comedy short subject was essentially dead as a regular part of the movie program, we can see the nostalgia for the lost form here, as well as the sense that the partnership is seeing if they can work in movie comedy. The short subject had often been used as a testing ground for the studios for their talent. This is the same thing.

Étaix is often compared to Tati and Keaton, but that, I think, is an error, an advertising idea for an audience unfamiliar with silent clowning in the movies, to tell the audience that this is more of the same. Tati and Keaton offered images of people out of step with the world: Keaton because he didn't understand, but would struggle through anyway and Tati because he didn't care. Étaix can get along with the world very well most of the time. It's the occasional indignities that we all suffer that are the stuff of his comedy: the pen that doesn't work, the stamps that stick together... stuff very real and current for his audience, even if half a century later people don't understand what he is dealing with.

I find this short competent and the gags nicely done, but not extraordinary. Like many a work of art hailed as groundbreaking and trend-setting, it arises out of a tradition and inserts itself into the public consciousness as novel because they are simply unfamiliar with the earlier work. This movie was essentially nostalgic when it came out and looking at it today, it seems quaint. However, it did the spadework for its creators to move into features, where the public consciousness and profits lay. And, like many another short subject, it certainly doesn't bore us with plot or claims of deep emotion or eternal truths. It demonstrates that brevity is the soul of wit.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Rupture (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page