JULES ET JIM

by François Truffaut
JULES AND JIM - JULES E JIM

Informations

Nation: France

Year: 1962

Length: 105'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Jules, an Austrian, and Jim, a Frenchman, are best friends who live in Paris in the early 1900s. What ties them most closely together is their love for art and for women, who they willingly swap. When they meet beautiful Catherine, restless and passionate, the equilibrium is broken. Even though they both love her, Catherine marries Jules and moves to Austria with him. After the end of WWI, which had separated them, Jim goes to visit the couple, who now have a baby girl and are in the throes of a marital crisis. At this point, Jim decides to try his luck with Catherine, who accepts his love. [cg]

Director

François Truffaut

François  Truffaut

François Truffaut (Paris, France, 1932 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1984), after lackluster studies, various jobs and a short period in a reformatory, was invited by André Bazin to collaborate on “Cahiers du cinéma” in 1953. After making a few shorts, in 1959 his debut feature film, The 400 Blows, made him one of the protagonists of the nouvelle vague alongside Chabrol, Godard, Rivette and Rohmer. This was the start of a long and variegated filmography which made him one of the most famous and influential directors in film history.

Filmography:
Les quatre cents coups (I 400 colpi, 1959), Tirez sur le pianiste (Tirate sul pianista, 1960), Jules et Jim (Jules e Jim, 1962), Fahrenheit 451 (id., 1966), La mariée était en noir (La sposa in nero, 1968), La sirène du Mississipi (La mia droga si chiama Julie, 1969), La nuit américaine (Effetto notte, 1973), L’histoire d’Adèle H. (Adele H., una storia d’amore, 1975), L’homme qui aimait les femmes (L’uomo che amava le donne, 1977), La chambre verte (La camera verde, 1978), Le dernier métro (L’ultimo metrò, 1980), Vivement dimanche! (Finalmente domenica!, 1983).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
François Truffaut
soggetto/story
dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of the same title by Henri-Pierre Roché
sceneggiatura/screenplay
François Truffaut, Jean Gruault
fotografia/cinematography
Raoul Coutard
montaggio/film editing
Claudine Bouché
musica/music
Georges Delerue
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jeanne Moreau (Catherine), Oskar Werner (Jules), Henri Serre (Jim), Vanna Urbino (Gilberte), Sege Rezvani (Albert), Anny Nelsen (Lucie), Sabine Haudepin (Sabine), Marie Dubois (Thérèse), Michel Subor (il narratore/narrator)
produzione/production
Les Films du Carrosse, S.E.D.I.F.



contatti/contacts

Director statement

“Jules et Jim is, above all, a movie about characters. The story is very simple; if you don’t love the characters, I’m sure you can’t love the movie. After all, if the characters aren’t interesting, the movie isn’t, either. The period when the movie is set is entirely secondary. I started out not knowing what it takes to make a period piece movie. I’m thankful for this recklessness; without it I would have given up on making the movie or I would have modernized it.”

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Jules, an Austrian, and Jim, a Frenchman, are best friends who live in Paris in the early 1900s. What ties them most closely together is their love for art and for women, who they willingly swap. When they meet beautiful Catherine, restless and passionate, the equilibrium is broken. Even though they both love her, Catherine marries Jules and moves to Austria with him. After the end of WWI, which had separated them, Jim goes to visit the couple, who now have a baby girl and are in the throes of a marital crisis. At this point, Jim decides to try his luck with Catherine, who accepts his love. [cg]

Director All about direction

François Truffaut

François  Truffaut

François Truffaut (Paris, France, 1932 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, 1984), after lackluster studies, various jobs and a short period in a reformatory, was invited by André Bazin to collaborate on “Cahiers du cinéma” in 1953. After making a few shorts, in 1959 his debut feature film, The 400 Blows, made him one of the protagonists of the nouvelle vague alongside Chabrol, Godard, Rivette and Rohmer. This was the start of a long and variegated filmography which made him one of the most famous and influential directors in film history.

Filmography:
Les quatre cents coups (I 400 colpi, 1959), Tirez sur le pianiste (Tirate sul pianista, 1960), Jules et Jim (Jules e Jim, 1962), Fahrenheit 451 (id., 1966), La mariée était en noir (La sposa in nero, 1968), La sirène du Mississipi (La mia droga si chiama Julie, 1969), La nuit américaine (Effetto notte, 1973), L’histoire d’Adèle H. (Adele H., una storia d’amore, 1975), L’homme qui aimait les femmes (L’uomo che amava le donne, 1977), La chambre verte (La camera verde, 1978), Le dernier métro (L’ultimo metrò, 1980), Vivement dimanche! (Finalmente domenica!, 1983).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
François Truffaut
soggetto/story
dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of the same title by Henri-Pierre Roché
sceneggiatura/screenplay
François Truffaut, Jean Gruault
fotografia/cinematography
Raoul Coutard
montaggio/film editing
Claudine Bouché
musica/music
Georges Delerue
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Jeanne Moreau (Catherine), Oskar Werner (Jules), Henri Serre (Jim), Vanna Urbino (Gilberte), Sege Rezvani (Albert), Anny Nelsen (Lucie), Sabine Haudepin (Sabine), Marie Dubois (Thérèse), Michel Subor (il narratore/narrator)
produzione/production
Les Films du Carrosse, S.E.D.I.F.



contatti/contacts

Director statement Read more

“Jules et Jim is, above all, a movie about characters. The story is very simple; if you don’t love the characters, I’m sure you can’t love the movie. After all, if the characters aren’t interesting, the movie isn’t, either. The period when the movie is set is entirely secondary. I started out not knowing what it takes to make a period piece movie. I’m thankful for this recklessness; without it I would have given up on making the movie or I would have modernized it.”