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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."
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...
Published on 18 Feb 2004 by Kona

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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.
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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
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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
This review is from: Jules Et Jim [DVD] (DVD)
"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 "...an 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. His camera laughs with her, cries with her, and encapsulates with amazing dexterity the flow of movement - the whirlwind of life. The theme of JULES ET JIM - a triangular love affair that questions monogamy - is unhindered by any sensuality or sexual intimations. Instead it is a love that is pure, chaste and eternally resonant. The remarkable tact of Truffaut's direction, the refutation of showiness, conveys a cinema of charm and elegance, as the film's mood undulates in accordance with the whims of our great love Jeanne Moreau - from untold joy to the heavy burden that is the awful truth.
JULES ET JIM is a film of harmony and genius, a hymn to life that asks the audience not to judge, but rather to experience and to love. We can relate to the film Truffaut's own words, when, speaking of Nicholas Ray's JOHNNY GUITAR and Howard Hawks' BIG SKY he said: "Anyone who rejects either should never go to the movies again, never see any more films. Such people will never recognize inspiration, poetic intuition, or a framed picture, a shot, an idea, a good film, or even cinema itself."
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Interesting, 12 Jan 2004
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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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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
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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 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still crazy after all these years !, 7 April 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Truffaut's finest, 2 May 2014
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This review is from: Jules and Jim: Jules et Jim [DVD] [1962] (DVD)
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 torn in the sidings once she has blown who knows where ... A magnetic presence in her every expression, to the extent that some of them are freeze-framed like a butterfly pinned to the card for endless appreciation, Catherine seems to embody something of the spirit in the moment, always in the moment until she is no more. This intensity of being has rarely been caught by any other actor or actress quite to this extent, and then there is her voice ... The kind of obsession suffered by both male characters is generally more physical in origin, at least to some degree. It is interesting how little Catherine's body is the key thing here, compared to, say, Brigitte Bardot, who was exactly that, at around the same time, Marilyn Monroe, or, on the male side Joe Dallesandro, actors who all embody that charm through the body itself. With Moreau it is different. The film has a delightfully light style, particularly in the first hour, which makes it frothy as well as profound. It is beautifully sustained by Oskar Werner as the soulful Austrian who can have no other woman, and seems destined to be forever bereft. It could be argued that Truffaut's evident falling under Moreau's spell - as he did all his actresses - makes him as patient with her as Jules, where the viewer might find her a bit trying in her wilful, erratic behaviour in the later stages of the film. I think this does undermine it a bit, but it is a bit like criticising a great Rodin sculpture - they are set in the canon for all time, and all romantic triangles seem to point back to this one, which surely remains the most compelling ever filmed.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming and entertaining film, 20 Nov 2005
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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 and vitality to it. It is a visionary film, portraying a very 21st Century morality in which Jeanne Moreau's capricious and passionate Catherine is the love interest for two friends, Jules and Jim . Jules and Jim are two scholarly socialites with little interest in monogamous relationships until the bewitching Catherine comes along. After Jules marries her, he soon realises that cosy domesticity is not for Catherine and their marriage quickly becomes an "open" one and his friend Jim gets drawn into a love triangle with her.
The film must have been very controversial in the 1960's as it glamourises adultery and pre-marital sex and is essentially amoral, making a mockery out of the marital institution. However it is a captivating story, well acted with strong characterisation, the music is great and the film is directed well by Truffaut. I must admit to feeling sorry for Jules and Gilberta as Moreau's turbulent Catherine ("une force du nature") causes them so much pain.Like Bardot in "Le Mepris", Moreau portrays a woman whose "me first" characteristics and morals are very much part of the zeitgeist of this decade.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cela commençait comme un rêve, 14 May 2004
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I was fortunate enough to study this film along with le dernier metro for a unit of my A level course. At first I thought yeah Truffaut some French producer blatantly wont be all that as it was just a part of my A level.... how wrong could I be?! The music I love beyond belief and the whole storyline is absolutely fantastic, anyone to dismiss this film as some lame French attempt at making cinema I would call a philistine and yes i started off as one. Sometimes you might say that to study something ruins the piece but to be honest this is the exception to the rule it has really made me appreciate the stunning techniques that Truffaut uses in creating his masterpieces. It's a film that you can watch again and again and the emotions are still the same - unchanged opinions and the same things amuse you, aggravate you and touch you. there are many little quotes and actions that stay in my memeory - my favourites being when Jim ("DJIM") skips onto the bike in catherine's room; the race on the bridge; the view of the three hanging out of thier windows to talk to each other and their everyday 'mundane' activities that let you into their world little by little. all these tiny pieces add up to make various themes and give the films beautiful characteristics that i havent seen matched in any other film before. the techniques that truffaut uses to encourage you into forming certain ideas are subtle and ingenius. im surprised that his films havent had more global appreciation as they are definately cinematographic masterpieces that i would recommend for everyone. there are so many things that i'd love to say about Jules et Jim - and ive left the majority out because i think thats something for you to see and realise for yourselves...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated movie, 28 Oct 2013
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Rather dated movie - not as much of interest as I'd hoped, but with sub-titles easy to follow whilst trying out my French.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old movies are best, 1 Oct 2013
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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 coming up with the flim
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