Jules et Jim (1962)
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This is a case report of a female patient with borderline personality disorder.
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.
This one's a strange breed.
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This movie ranks #39 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
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This movie ranks #50 in Empire's The 100 Best Films of World Cinema
This movie ranks #52 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #61 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
This movie ranks #72 in Time Out's The 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #84 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #123 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #248 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #250 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #292 in BFI's 360 Classic Feature Films Project
This movie ranks #299 in Amos Vogel's Film as a Subversive Art
This movie ranks #306 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #338 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #377 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #431 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #469 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #491 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #493 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #601 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?