A man and a woman

A man and a woman

Un Homme et une femme

DVD - 2003 | French
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A daredevil race-car driver and a movie script girl meet while visiting their children's boarding school. They soon share a love filled with warmth, humor and truth, and intertwined with the demands of career and parenthood.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2003]
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780790776453
Branch Call Number: FRENCH DVD MAN AND
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Homme et une femme


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Sep 06, 2015

Anouk Aimee and Jean-Louis Trintignant play potential lovers, but their new relationship may be marred by past loves, which in retrospect sometimes seems perfect. Director Claude Leloach, with incredibly creative camera work and editing has created a truly elegant and enchanting romance. The film won the Oscar for best foreign film and the Cannes Palme d’Or for best film. One looked forward to each new Leloach film, but he never achieved this kind of success again. Aimee could have taken a major Hollywood film, but passed it up and then was forever placed in second-rate French films for the remainder of her career. Trintignant would, of course continue being one of the top male actors even to this day.

Nov 06, 2014

I cannot recall now the name of the critic who pronounced "A Man and A Woman" "simply the most romantic film of the 1960s" but after each viewing I'm inclined to agree, even with classic contenders like "Charade," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Two For the Road" out there.

Jean-Louis Duroc (played by Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a race car driver who is participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race (the actor actually comes from a family of racers). By chance he meets script girl Anne Gautier (Anouk Aimee) when they are both returning their youngsters to the same boarding school on a Sunday afternoon. Anne has missed her train, Jean-Louis offers her a ride, and along the way they laugh at a corny song on the radio, swap stories about their kids, and begin, tentatively, to talk about themselves.

As they converse they remember, and for each of them their memories become flashbacks to happy or unhappy moments with their respective spouses. We learn that both are widowed, though since Anne speaks of her husband in the present tense her marital status isn't immediately clear.

Jean-Louis is smitten and attempts to woo Anne. She's attracted to him also. But memories of her previous life with her husband Pierre (played by Pierre Barough), a movie stunt man killed when the filming of a combat sequence goes disastrously wrong, are so strong they prevent her from moving toward a new life.

How Anne and Jean-Louis overcome their mutual fears, self-doubts and misunderstandings, and find their way to love, is related in a stunning montage of images and sequences underscored by Francis Lai's memorable score; the music is lush and gorgeous, especially the irresistible main theme. The film and its soundtrack became world-wide sensations.

Though the reviews for "A Man and A Woman" were mostly positive upon its July 1966 release, director Claude Lelouch, who got his start making television commercials, was scolded by some critics who complained his narrative style was too flashy. Time has proved them wrong. This film--which I recommend you see at least once in its original French (with subtitles if need be) to catch nuances missed in the English dubbed version--is a timeless, enduring classic.

Jun 18, 2014

When I first saw this film as a teenage I enjoyed it. Now almost half a century later I watched it again and still found it enjoyable - probably a tad less compared to my first viewing. Director Claude Lelouch intercut B/W images with colour, pointed the camera to close-up, talking faces without audible dialogue, and for distant shots of a man walking his dog. You can say it is style over substance but I have to say I like the style. It is old-fashioned romance between a man and a woman. The theme song is a great choice for this film.


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