Directed by: François Truffaut
Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Marie Dubois
When this last screened locally, I wrote: “Along with Godard’s Breathless (1960), François Truffaut’s Jules et Jim (1962) is probably the essential French New Wave film — and it’s possibly even more essential than Breathless, since it had a greater impact on content. Where Godard’s film was essential in defining the style of the New Wave movement, Truffaut’s defined both style and theme in ways that still seem fresh today — and unlike many New Wave films, it never once threatens to become a parody of itself. The staples of French cinema from that era have been so parodied in the intervening years that the originals sometimes verge on unintentional comedy. Somehow — and I suspect it’s because the film is so generously alive — Jules et Jim has escaped that, despite the fact that iconic aspects of the movie have been parodied (Marie Dubois’ famous cigarette-smoking ‘steam engine,’ for example). In essence, the film is little more than a love triangle concerning two young men — Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre)—who are both in love with the same girl, Catherine (Jeanne Morreau). But Truffaut takes all this to places such stories had almost never gone before.”
Full review here: http://avl.mx/lw
Classic World Cinema by Courtyard Gallery will present Jules et Jim Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. at Phil Mechanic Studios, 109 Roberts St., River Arts District, upstairs in the Railroad Library. Info: 273-3332, http://www.ashevillecourtyard.com
In Brief: François Truffaut’s New Age classic Jules et Jim is one of those films that just never ages. It’s as fresh and alive today as it was when it first appeared in 1962. At bottom, it’s a love triangle, but in the hands of this filmmaker and this cast it becomes much more than that.