Jules and Jim

Jules and Jim

Directed by François Truffaut • 1962 • France

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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Jules and Jim
  • Jules and Jim

    Directed by François Truffaut • 1962 • France

    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 alluri...

Extras

  • JULES AND JIM Commentary 1

    This audio commentary, recorded in 2000, features actor Jeanne Moreau in conversation with film critic Serge Toubiana. It is presented here in French with English subtitles.

  • JULES AND JIM Commentary 2

    This audio commentary, recorded in 1992, features director François Truffaut’s longtime collaborator Suzanne Schiffman, cowriter Jean Gruault, and editor Claudine Bouché. Also included are comments by Truffaut scholar Annette Insdorf.

  • “Cinéastes de notre temps”: JULES AND JIM

    In 1965, the French television series “Cinéastes de notre temps” aired an episode entitled “François Truffaut, ou L’esprit critique.” In the excerpt presented here, Truffaut discusses JULES AND JIM.

  • “L’invité du dimanche”: JULES AND JIM

    This excerpt from the October 26, 1969, episode of the French television series “L’invité du dimanche” features interviews with director François Truffaut, actor Jeanne Moreau, and filmmaker Jean Renoir.

  • François Truffaut and Richard Roud

    This excerpt is from a conversation that aired on the New York arts program “Camera Three” in October 1977, when director François Truffaut was in the U.S. for the New York Film Festival screening of THE MAN WHO LOVED WOMEN. The conversation, with festival director Richard Roud, marked Truffaut’s...

  • François Truffaut at the AFI

    On February 28, 1979, director François Truffaut conducted a seminar at the American Film Institute. In the following compilation of excerpts from that seminar, Truffaut delivers his responses in French, with translation provided by film scholar Annette Insdorf.

  • François Truffaut and Claude-Jean Philippe

    On several occasions between 1976 and 1982, Claude-Jean Philippe, host of the French radio series “Le cinéma des cinéastes,” invited François Truffaut to talk about his films. In the following segment, first broadcast on June 29, 1980, Truffaut discusses JULES AND JIM almost twenty years after it...

  • Jean Gruault

    This interview with JULES AND JIM cowriter Jean Gruault was conducted in April 1986 at the Cinémathèque française in Paris for Rainer Gansera’s documentary WORKING WITH TRUFFAUT. Only a few minutes of it were used in that film, but the Criterion Collection was granted access to the footage and as...

  • Raoul Coutard on JULES AND JIM

    Cinematographer Raoul Coutard shot films for many of the French New Wave’s most celebrated directors, including Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. In this 2003 interview in Paris, he recalls his work on JULES AND JIM.

  • The Key to JULES AND JIM

    THE KEY TO “JULES AND JIM,” written and directed by Thomas Honickel in 1985, explores the lives of Helen and Franz Hessel and Henri-Pierre Roché, whose relationship inspired Roché’s novel “Jules and Jim.” Presented here is an excerpt from the documentary.

  • François Truffaut on JULES AND JIM

    The following interviews with director François Truffaut were conducted at various points throughout his career. In them, he discusses his working methods and the landmark JULES AND JIM.

  • François Truffaut on Henri-Pierre Roché

    In this excerpt from the October 12, 1966, French program “Bibliothèque de poche,” director François Truffaut offers his reflections on Henri-Pierre Roché, author of the novel “Jules and Jim.”