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Jules and Jim (1962)

Jules et Jim (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 23 January 1962 (France)
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Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

Director:

François Truffaut

Writers:

Henri-Pierre Roché (novel), François Truffaut (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanne Moreau ... Catherine
Oskar Werner ... Jules (as Oscar Werner)
Henri Serre ... Jim
Vanna Urbino Vanna Urbino ... Gilberte
Serge Rezvani Serge Rezvani ... Albert (as Bassiak)
Anny Nelsen Anny Nelsen ... Lucie
Sabine Haudepin Sabine Haudepin ... Sabine, la petite
Marie Dubois ... Thérèse
Michel Subor ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

In pre-WWI Paris, two friends, Jules (Austrian) and Jim (French), fall in love with the same woman, Catherine. But Catherine loves and marries Jules. When they meet again in Germany after the war, Catherine starts to love Jim - This is the story of three people in love, a love that doesn't affect their friendship, and about how their relationship evolves with the years. Written by Yepok

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Hymn to Life and Love

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

23 January 1962 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jules and Jim See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director of photography Raoul Coutard used lightweight photographic equipment that hadn't been used before to create a fluid style to the camerawork, even mounting some of the cameras on bicycles. See more »

Goofs

When Jim arrives by train at Jim and Catherine's house in Germany, a shot from the air depicts a French (SNCF) train. When the train arrives in the station in the next shot, the SNCF logo is hidden from sight. See more »

Quotes

Jim: She's a strange breed.
Jules: Her father was an aristocrat. Her mother came from the masses. He was of an old Burgundian family. She was English. That's why she's ignorant of anything in between and teaches those who look at her -...
Jim: Teaches them what?
Jules: Shakespeare.
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Connections

Referenced in Une Femme Mariée (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Tourbillon
Written by Serge Rezvani
Performed by Jeanne Moreau
Played at the guitar by Serge Rezvani
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Problematic, But Worth Your Time
17 August 2004 | by WoodyFan1987See all my reviews

Jules et Jim is a difficult film, there's no question about that. I'd say the only thing that kept me watching was my love of Truffaut – his ingenuity in cinematography, dialogue and just the whole tone of the film. That he could keep such melodramatic (if not drab) stuff somewhat entertaining is a testament to his mastery of the medium. I loved the blending of historical film into the narrative; I don't know if he was the first person to do this – I highly doubt it – but he certainly did it well in this picture.

Jules et Jim is a study of capriciousness. Catherine – a woman to whom monogamy seems like a foreign concept – is, to paraphrase the film, `not particularly intelligent, beautiful or kind, but she's treated like a queen.' Why Jules and Jim love her so, I don't know. They seem like strong enough characters to be without such a difficult woman, but I guess that question is at the center of the film.

For some reason, Jules et Jim reminded me of L'Avventura by Antonioni – maybe because it was also a hard movie to enter and because the characters were so inaccessible. There are certainly elements of the neo-realism in this film, (one need look no further than the extensive use of mist and the forest scenes that closely resemble the dream sequences of Fellini, De Sica, et. al.)

Overall, I would say this picture is worthwhile, although there are certainly better, more accessible and mature Truffaut films out there.


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