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5.0 out of 5 stars New Wave Classic, 19 Jun 2011
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This review is from: Jules and Jim: Jules et Jim [DVD] [1962] (DVD)
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 era.

I watched it as a follow up to The 400 Blows and to see the film that is so often referenced in discussions about French cinema.

I am pleased the say the film lives up to its reputation as a classic; being well acted and with an involving plot. Although Jeanne Moreau rightly gets a lot of credit for how she played Catherine, I thought Oskar Werner was excellent as Jules.

Even the cinematic tricks of freeze framing certain shots and bringing a scene in from the top right of the screen; rather than seeming dated are actually nice references to the time and the innovation of Truffaut and other new wave directors.

An enjoyable film and a must see for fans of the French New Wave. If you are a fan, a book worth reading is 'A Short History of Cahiers Du Cinema' by Emilie Bickerton which tells the story of the influential magazine and references Godard, Rivette, Rohmer and of course Truffaut.
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