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Jules and Jim

Jules and Jim

Director: François Truffaut Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre

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Overview

Acclaimed French director François Truffaut's third and, for many viewers, best film is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Henri-Pierre Roché. Set between 1912 and 1933, it stars Oskar Werner as the German Jules and Henri Serre as the Frenchman Jim, kindred spirits who, while on holiday in Greece, fall in love with the smile on the face of a sculpture. Back in Paris, the smile comes to life in the person of Catherine (Jeanne Moreau); the three individuals become constant companions, determined to live their lives to the fullest despite the world war around them. When Jules declares his love for Catherine, Jim agrees to let Jules pursue her, despite his own similar feelings; Jules and Catherine marry and have a child (Sabine Haudepin), but Catherine still loves Jim as well. An influential film that has grown in stature over the decades, Jules et Jim was often viewed by the counterculture of the 1960s as a cinematic proponent of the free-love movement, but in actuality the picture is a statement against such a way of life. Despite the bond shared by Jules, Jim, and Catherine, their ménage à trois is doomed to fail; and Catherine's inability to choose between the two men leads to tragic consequences for all three.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/04/2014
UPC: 0715515113519
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 399

Special Features

Two Audio Commentaries: One featuring co-screenwriter Jean Grualt, longtime François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, Editor Claudine Bouché, and film scholar Annette Insdorf; the other featuring actor Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana; Excerpts from The Key to "Jules and Jim" (1985), a documentary about author Henri-Pierre Roché and the real life relationships that inspired the novel and film; Interviews with Grualt and Cinematographer Raoul Coutard; Conversation between film scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew; Excerpt from a 1965 episode of the French TV program Cinéastes de notre temps dedicated to Truffaut; Segment from a 1969 episode of the French TV show L'invité du dimanche featuring Truffaut, Moreau, and filmmaker Jean Renoir; Excerpts from Truffaut's first appearance on American television, a 1977 interview with New York Film Festival Director Richard Roud; Excerpts from a 1979 American Film Institute seminar given by Truffaut; Audio interview with Truffaut from 1980; Trailer; Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers, a 1981 piece by Truffaut on Roché, and script notes from Truffaut to Gruault

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanne Moreau Catherine
Oskar Werner Jules
Henri Serre Jim
Marie Dubois Therese
Vanna Urbino Gilberte
Boris Bassiak Albert
Sabine Haudepin Sabine
Jean-Louis Richard 1st Customer in Cafe
Christian A. Wagner Helga
Michel Subor Narrator
Michel Varesano 2nd Customer in Cafe
Danielle Bassiak Albert's companion
Pierre Fabre Drunkard in Cafe
Elen Bober Mathilde
Kate Noelle Birgitta
Anny Nielsen Lucy
Dominique Lacarriere One of the women
Bernard Largemains Merlin

Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director,Screenwriter
Boris Bassiak Songwriter
Marcel Berbert Producer
Claudine Bouché Editor
Fred Capel Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
Raoul Coutard Cinematographer
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Jean Gruault Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Jules and Jim: The Film
1. Credits/A Friendship [2:44]
2. Thérèse [4:52]
3. A Calm Smile [3:43]
4. Catherine [1:08]
5. Thomas [3:13]
6. Burning Lies [2:38]
7. Traces of Civilization [3:25]
8. At the Beach [1:40]
9. Learning To Laugh [1:43]
10. Catherine's Leap [4:23]
11. Good News [3:16]
12. The War [4:48]
13. An Angel Passes [8:01]
14. Speaking of Catherine [2:58]
15. Jim and Catherine [7:27]
16. War Stories [3:28]
17. "Le Tourbillion de la vie" [2:28]
18. Elective Affinities [4:14]
19. Village Idiots [4:31]
20. Jim in Paris [3:42]
21. Gilberte [1:24]
22. Catherine the Queen [3:14]
23. Changing Alliances [6:39]
24. Parting [2:36]
25. Separation [3:34]
26. Reunions [5:18]
27. Jim's Story [4:02]
28. Catherine's Final Gesture [5:02]
1. Color Bars
1. Introductions [2:44]
2. Bernard Largemains/Marie Dubois [4:52]
3. Serge Rezvani/Common Interests [3:43]
4. The Most Compelling Creation [1:08]
5. Cutting Room/Gender Roles [3:13]
6. A Naive Film [2:38]
7. Writing and Directing [3:25]
8. Many Men/Few Women [1:40]
9. Obnoxious Kid/Complex Woman [1:43]
10. Roché/Feminism [4:23]
11. Picasso and "The Marseillaise" [3:16]
12. Stock Footage/Oskar Werner [4:48]
13. Editing/The Actors [8:01]
14. Discoveries on the Set [2:58]
15. Family/Henri Serre [7:27]
16. Recording Sound [3:28]
17. Catherine/Collective Effort [2:28]
18. The Privacy Of Windows [4:14]
19. Women Are Stronger [4:31]
20. How the Story is Told/Extras [3:42]
21. A Team Player [1:24]
22. Freedom in Editing [3:14]
23. Hitchcock/The Key Scene [6:39]
24. The Fog/An Irresistible Force [2:36]
25. The Mystery Of Catherine [3:34]
26. Going Past the Story/Voice-Over [5:18]
27. A Goddess, Not a Woman [4:02]
28. Fragility [5:02]
1. Color Bars

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