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Directed by François Truffaut

France 1962 105 mins.

One of the finest films of the French New Wave, Jules & Jim cemented François Truffaut’s legacy after his unassailable masterpieces The 400 Blows and Shoot the Piano Player were massive hits amongst cinephiles and critics. This 1962 effort, set before, during, and after WWI, unforgettably follows a love triangle amongst leading lights Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, and Henri Serre as they navigate life during France’s brightest and darkest periods. Moving into and out of each other’s lives as history sweeps them along, the three friends/lovers survey a landscape of relative freedom—of both movement and expression. Truffaut charmingly and enigmatically depicts a freewheeling society, based in the broad ethos of the Belle Époque period, on the brink of major change. With Jules & Jim “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, The Chicago Reader.