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Past Films

Jules and Jim (1962)

  • Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre
  • Director: François Truffaut
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance
  • Language: French
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 106 min.

Essential French New Wave Cinema
This new quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free!

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.

Summary: Decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman.

"More than 40 years old, François Truffaut's whirling dervish remains an ageless beauty."
- Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice
"With this 1961 film Truffaut comes closest to the spirit and sublimity of his mentor, Jean Renoir, and the result is a masterpiece of the New Wave."
- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"There is joy in the filmmaking that feels fresh today and felt audacious at the time."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"To put it quickly and crisply, it is charming, exciting and sad."
- Bosley Crowther, New York Times