Jules et Jim [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Product Details

Release Date
5/31/05 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
Length
1 hour, 45 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Raoul Coutard
  • Two audio commentaries: One featuring co-writer Jean Gruault, Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouché, and film scholar Annette Insdorf; the other featuring legendary actress Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana
  • Excerpts from The Key to Jules and Jim (1985), a documentary on author Henri-Pierre Roché and the true stories on which the novel and film are based
  • Truffaut on Roché, from the French program Bibliothèque de Poche (1966)
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • New video interview with Coutard
  • Video interview with Gruault
  • New video conversation between scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew
  • Excerpt from a 1965 episode of the French television program Cinéastes de Notre Temps dedicated to François Truffaut
  • Segment from the French program L'Invité du Dimanche (1969), featuring Truffaut, Moreau, and 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 Dialogue on Film given by Truffaut
  • Archival audio interview of Truffaut by Claude-Jean Philippe (1980)
  • 44-page booklet featuring an essay by film critic John Powers, reprints of Truffaut's writings, and a Pauline Kael review
Number of Discs
2

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