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With: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
Written by: François Truffaut, Jean Gruault, based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roché
Directed by: François Truffaut
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 105
Date: 01/23/1962

Jules and Jim (1961)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Triangle Trouble

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Most critics today consider Truffaut's Jules and Jim (1961) to be his masterpiece. Adapted from a novel by Henri-Pierre Roché, the film tells the story of two friends and their romantic entanglements with an independent-minded girl named Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), over a span of 30 years. It's a very good film, but we lose out on many potentially great, small moments and subtlety because of the film's grand, historical sweep. Truffaut adapted another Roché novel ten years later, as Two English Girls, with much the same results.

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