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Jules Et Jim [DVD]

Jeanne Moreau , Oskar Werner , François Truffaut    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Vanna Urbino, Sabine Haudepin
  • Directors: François Truffaut
  • Producers: Marcel Berbert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UBKU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,927 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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François Truffaut's classic tale of a love triangle which takes place over 20 years, both before and after World War I. Jeanne Moreau stars as Catherine, the beautiful and unpredictable woman who maintains a delicate relationship with two friends, the quiet German Jules (Oskar Werner) and the romantic Parisian Jim (Henri Serre). The War intervenes and drives the men to the opposing fronts; afterwards, the two quickly resume their friendship, but the balance of their relationship with Catherine is now upset by more adult concerns.


François Truffaut's third feature, though it's named for the two best friends who become virtually inseparable in pre-World War I Paris, is centred on Jeanne Moreau's Catherine, the most mysterious, enigmatic woman in his career-long gallery of rich female portraits. Adapted from the novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, Truffaut's picture explores the 30-year friendship between Austrian biologist Jules (Oskar Werner) and Parisian writer Jim (Henri Serre) and the love triangle formed when the alluring Catherine makes the duo a trio. Spontaneous and lively, a woman of intense but dynamic emotions, she becomes the axle on which their friendship turns as Jules woos her and they marry, only to find that no one man can hold her. Directed in bursts of concentrated scenes interspersed with montage sequences and pulled together by the commentary of an omniscient narrator, Truffaut layers his tragic drama with a wealth of detail. He draws on his bag of New Wave tricks for the carefree days of youth--zooms, flash cuts, freeze frames--that disappear as the marriage disintegrates during the gloom of the postwar years. Werner is excellent as Jules, a vibrant young man whose slow, melancholy slide into emotional compromise is charted in his increasingly sad eyes and resigned face, while Serre plays Jim as more of an enigma, guarded and introspective. But both are eclipsed in the glare of Moreau's radiant Catherine: impulsive, demanding, sensual, passionate, destructive, and ultimately unknowable. A masterpiece of the French New Wave and one of Truffaut's most confident and accomplished films. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We played with life and lost." 18 Feb 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" was a very popular art-house movie in the early sixties. The black and white French (English subtitled) film follows the friendship of two college students in bohemian Paris beginning in 1912. They meet Catherine, a free spirit who loves to shock people as much as she enjoys both men's love. She marries Jules, but is not satisfied. They reunite with Jim and continue their love triangle.

Jeanne Moreau's Catherine is eternally alluring, selfish, manipulating, and cruel. She is perfect as the siren who plays with men as a cat plays with a mouse. Oscar Werner gives a sympathetic performance as the idealistic and vulnerable Jules, who goes from carefree youth to melancholy middle-age. Henri Serre is well-cast as Jim, more quiet and introspective, yet still helplessly drawn to the enigmatic Catherine.

This is the kind of movie one admires more each time you see it. At first, you are dependent on the subtitles; later you just enjoy the flow of scenes, the gradual change in mood from youthful exuberance to subdued acceptance, and then the stark and tragic, yet inevitable, conclusion. If you like character-driven stories about unconventional people, you'll enjoy Jules and Jim.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS PURE TRIANGULAR LOVE 19 July 2004
"She is the greatest sweetheart in French cinema. While gangsters and gangs kill each other, she dances in a tutu in a circus, is tortured by a sadist and makes her way through bursts of submachine-gun fire, with thoughts only of love. With trembling lips, wild hair, she ignores what others call 'morals' and lives by and for love. Messieurs, producers and directors, give her a real part and we will have a great film."
Francois Truffaut wrote this of Jeanne Moreau in 1957. Shortly afterwards, when fascination turned to friendship, the burgeoning director's greatest ambition would be to make a film with the woman who had become the most important person in his life.
In JULES ET JIM, Jeanne Moreau's is a performance of touching beauty and lucidity that is unparalleled in cinema. She is Catherine, the woman in love with life, who in turn falls in love with both Jules and Jim (superb performances from Oskar Werner and Henri Serre), amateur scholars, dandies, and the closest of friends. Over the following years, through joy, disillusionment, a world-war and parenthood, the three share a relationship that defines love itself; as Catherine alternates her pledge of devotion from Jules to Jim, and even to other men, our heroes explore a friendship that has been touched by a soul who is "not a woman" but rather " apparition".
But Catherine is not "fatale"- rather the very essence of woman, whose divine right it is to live as she pleases, when she pleases, where any potentially ruinous consequences are the unfortunate fruits of an unmitigated love of love itself. Truffaut's art is one that invokes the Goddess, embodied here by an enigma of extraordinary grace and power.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of the French New Wave 19 Oct 2009
By Soluble
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Not only a gem of the Nouvelle Vague, Jules et Jim is a cinema great. One of the finest achievements of that most serious of talents, Truffaut, this film is lively and fun from the start; who says a serious cultural experience can't be enjoyable? Jules et Jim is deservedly one of the best-loved art house films ever made.

Although it was her two films with Louis Malle in 1958 that made her a New Wave icon, it was this role that brought Jeanne Moreau perhaps her greatest international acclaim. Not at all like her jazz-soaked, stylish debut with Malle, Jules et Jim nevertheless deals with very Nouvelle Vague concerns, not least the central menage a trois subject matter.

Highly recommended to all film fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Interesting 12 Jan 2004
By A Customer
A wonderful and heartbreaking tale of one woman and the two men who both love her, and whom she loves back. Inevitably she choses one and the isolation of the other is heartbreaking. The most exquisite tale of a love triangle. That said, the film is more than some sentimental Dawson's Creek-esque saga.
Furthermore, with the film being from the French New Wave there are the compulsory 'arty' moments, playing with character, sound, narratives and camera angles and motion.
And if all that fails, it is the film which the black and white Sixpence None the Richer video for "Kiss me" as based on so it's worth a look just for the referential interest.
This is one of my favourite films and although that does not mean that others will find it automatically great, it is an interesting and heartbreaking film. Beautifully interesting sums it up perfectly.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still crazy after all these years ! 7 April 2003
Format:VHS Tape
You have to be wide awake to enjoy this film - no Hollywood spoonfeeding here ! This film still surprises - despite today's flashy camerawork and effects, there is a constant creative and original use of unusual edits and shots which is simply astonishing. The music is beautiful and there are moments of great profundity amongst the fizzing champagne of a screenplay. Truffaut's obsession with shoes here alone says more than most directors achieve in a lifetime. The shot which follows the actors outside from inside the house - it is impossible to convey the many levels of meaning in so many stunning sequences -the depth of intimacy in one love scene shot entirely in the dark - so much in just one film !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Truffaut's finest
Jules et Jim has a particularly remarkable performance from Jeanne Moreau as the whirlwind that spins the two eponymous characters like rag dolls, only to leave them bedraggled and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by schumann_bg
3.0 out of 5 stars Dated movie
Rather dated movie - not as much of interest as I'd hoped, but with sub-titles easy to follow whilst trying out my French.
Published 12 months ago by Angela
5.0 out of 5 stars Old movies are best
Just a perfect old black and white movie to watch on rainy days, or dark night.

was watching the beiderbecke tapes when they mentioned this film, amazon is so brill for... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Paul Heaton
3.0 out of 5 stars good ,but not great.
Easy on the eye and ear..lovely French language and scenery. But the moral side is dubious. IMO.

A fine looking woman, decides to screw, in both senses, the two... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by M. bayley
3.0 out of 5 stars Jules and Jim; Jules Et Jim (DVD) (1962)
This was an avant-garde Black and White Film, by Francois Truffaut in 1962, based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roche. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2011 by Derek Vernon-morris
5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave Classic
One of the most prominent films of the French New Wave; with the scene of the three main characters running across the bridge, arguably being one of the most iconic images of the... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by M. Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically Gallic
Strange, iconic and unforgettable this is most definitely not Hollywood. Beloved of students, this is in turns funny, thought provoking and heartbreaking. A must watch.
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by Phillip Biro
1.0 out of 5 stars fusillez moi
I only bought this DVD because I was studying it for A Level french (with Denier Metro). The actors are excellent but for me the frequent flash cuts became annoying, as did... Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2009 by emuholly
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and entertaining film
Francois Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" is rightly regarded as one of the classic French films.Although it is in black and white and was made 43 years ago, it still has a freshness... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2005 by L. Davidson
1.0 out of 5 stars Vastly over-rated
This film is a favourite with high-school classes and first-year university French classes and I think this is the main reason it is so well-known (not to be confused with... Read more
Published on 29 July 2004 by Harry Belafonte
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