François Truffaut

Jules and Jim

Jules and Jim

Hailed as one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim charts, over twenty-five years, the relationship between two friends and the object of their mutual obsession. The legendary François Truffaut directs, and Jeanne Moreau stars as the alluring and willful Catherine, whose enigmatic smile and passionate nature lure Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) into one of cinema’s most captivating romantic triangles. An exuberant and poignant meditation on freedom, loyalty, and the fortitude of love, Jules and Jim was a worldwide smash in 1962 and remains every bit as audacious and entrancing today.

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Special Features

  • New, restored 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring coscreenwriter Jean Gruault, longtime François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouché, and film scholar Annette Insdorf; the other featuring actor Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana
  • Excerpts from The Key to “Jules and Jim” (1985), a documentary about author Henri-Pierre Roché and the real-life relationships that inspired the novel and film
  • Interviews with Gruault and cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Conversation between film scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew
  • Excerpt from a 1965 episode of the French TV program Cinéastes de notre temps dedicated to Truffaut
  • Segment from a 1969 episode of the French TV show L’invité du dimanche featuring Truffaut, Moreau, and filmmaker 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 seminar given by Truffaut
  • Audio interview with Truffaut from 1980
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers, a 1981 piece by Truffaut on Roché, and script notes from Truffaut to Gruault

    New cover by David Downton

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Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

Essential Art House: 50 Years of Janus Films

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50 Discs

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$650.00

Special Features

  • New, restored 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two audio commentaries: one featuring coscreenwriter Jean Gruault, longtime François Truffaut collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, editor Claudine Bouché, and film scholar Annette Insdorf; the other featuring actor Jeanne Moreau and Truffaut biographer Serge Toubiana
  • Excerpts from The Key to “Jules and Jim” (1985), a documentary about author Henri-Pierre Roché and the real-life relationships that inspired the novel and film
  • Interviews with Gruault and cinematographer Raoul Coutard
  • Conversation between film scholars Robert Stam and Dudley Andrew
  • Excerpt from a 1965 episode of the French TV program Cinéastes de notre temps dedicated to Truffaut
  • Segment from a 1969 episode of the French TV show L’invité du dimanche featuring Truffaut, Moreau, and filmmaker 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 seminar given by Truffaut
  • Audio interview with Truffaut from 1980
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic John Powers, a 1981 piece by Truffaut on Roché, and script notes from Truffaut to Gruault

    New cover by David Downton
Jules and Jim
Cast
Jeanne Moreau
Catherine
Oskar Werner
Jules
Henri Serre
Jim
Vanna Urbino
Gilberte
Bassiak
Albert
Anny Nelsen
Lucie
Sabine Haudepin
Sabine
Marie Dubois
Thèrèse
Michel Subor
Voice
Credits
Director
François Truffaut
Based on the book by
Henri-Pierre Roché
Adaptation and dialogue
Jean Gruault
Adaptation and dialogue
François Truffaut
Photography
Raoul Coutard
Edited by
Claudine Bouché
Music
Georges Delerue

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A lifelong cinephile, François Truffaut first made his cinematic mark as a fiery, contentious critic for Cahiers du cinéma in the 1950s, denouncing the French film industry's bloated "tradition of quality" and calling for the director to be redefined as the auteur, or individual author, of the film. Truffaut then became an auteur himself, starting with The 400 Blows, which won him the best director award at Cannes and led the French new-wave charge. The 400 Blows remains Truffaut’s seminal film, yet he continued to reinvigorate cinema throughout the sixties, with such thrilling works as Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim. Truffaut also continued to follow the adventures of 400 Blows protagonist Antoine Doinel—embodied by Jean-Pierre Léaud—through the seventies (Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, Love on the Run), while directing such other classics as Day for Night and The Last Metro, which displayed his undying love for cinema and life. His own life was tragically cut short at the age of fifty-two.