Jules et Jim (1962)
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In Truffaut's famous Jules et Jim, two intellectual men (Oskar Werner and Henri Serre) both love the dangerously impulsive Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), and yet, their bromance survives. The relationships are complex for being so honest, and being based on a book, a 3rd person omniscient narrator with the dryest of deliveries cuts in frequently, lending the film its unique style. I believe Truffaut was very interested in combining the arts, so literature, philosophy, music, painting, photography, all cut into the narrative, usually with intriguing relevance. Those who call this the French Citizen Kane aren't half-wrong, every scene coded with extra levels of meaning. In fact, while some have called the film annoyingly apolitical on account of its being set astride the two world wars and yet starring a Germanic and a French character, I think the film would support a completely political reading. Just think of Catherine as cultural/political dominance and what relationships to two men have with her at any given time. It unlocks something. And yet, it can totally be viewed as relationship drama, risqué for the time, and still mature and resonant today.
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No but seriously I could not buy one aspect of this film at all, not least the central relationships which just feel hokey at best.
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This movie ranks #39 in Times' 100 Best French Films
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This movie ranks #50 in The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema
This movie ranks #52 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #64 in TimeOut's 100 Best Romantic Movies
This movie ranks #82 in TimeOut's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #84 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #123 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #247 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #250 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #292 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #298 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #304 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #338 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #388 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #441 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #462 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s
This movie ranks #473 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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This movie ranks #597 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films