A Man and a Woman
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- Two Documentaries, the All-New "A Man and a Woman: 37 Years Later" and the Vintage "Un Homme et Une Femme," Both Featuring ANOUK AIMEE, JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT and Director/Co-Writer CLAUDE LELOUCH
- Theatrical Trailer of This and Its 1986 Sequel A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later
Top Customer Reviews
"Un Homme et une Femme" holds up quite well some 32 years hence. Younger viewers may not realize that a lot of the montage devices and tricks that may seem 'dated' were actually popularized and/or invented herein by Claude Lelouch. I actually found myself rewinding to watch the color sections a couple of times, especially the mid-film sequence scored to Francis Lai's achingly sentimental and lovely "Stronger than Us" as Anouk Aimee (the world's most beautiful woman) and Jean-Louis Triginant stroll the Deauville shore and muse on art and life. The tinting and grain of those sections - the boat ride, Anouk remembering her dead husband (Pierre Barouh) as he sings "Samba Saravah" to her - set a trend I pine for again.
The story? Well, thin, even by today's lughead standards (widower and widow fall in love against some lovely French scenery shot in winter), but it's obvious Lelouch was going for something that was quite new, then: a marriage of film and music that was not a "musical" per se, but rather, the forerunner of MTV (well, MTV with a soul, let's say). Cut loosely but thankfully not on-the-beat to Lai's jazzy/lush mid-60s score, Lelouch suceeds darn well. The freeze-frame ending cued to the final electric piano note, and that moment when Anouk Aimee pauses for the longest time and says to Jean-Louis, "You never told me about your wife", are two of my favorite filmgoing moments.
"Un Homme et une Femme" is emblematic of a world-view which I, for one, wish would take hold of folks again and topple the psychotic-trash-nihilistic consciousness now dominating pop culture.Read more ›
Please advise viewers if a new version containing French language (English Subs), and French music comes along. That would be wonderful!!!! Because I, for one, have NEVER forgotten the romance of this movie.
For those of us who love the film, but suffered for many years with the dubbed English, the French language (with subtitles) is back! Anouk and Jean-Louis never sounded more romantic. The color, the music, and the sounds are fantastic, just as we remember them from the theater release.
For those who hate subtitles and require English, the solution is just a menu click away.
Indulge yourself- Order the DVD and retire your beloved, ragged VHS.
Monsieur Lelouch's cinematic narrative technique is poignant in his artful use of black-and-white scenes to display the bare-naked truth of humanity and, especially, his use of vividly colorful scenes to capture haunting memories. How affecting are these sunlight-filled and music-laden memories, from the man's and the woman's quotidian moments with their now-dead loves-of-a-lifetime, as well as recollections of those spouses' demise to the couple's idyllic moments with their children in the resort town of Deauville. You might recall the "family's" day trip on "the boat" and the stroll along the shore. The film's contrasts are lovely, including: b&w vs. color; innocence (the pair's children) vs. experience (the pair themselves), etc. The most obvious counterpoint is male and female: Man vs. Woman; Boy vs. Girl (i.e., Antoine vs. Francoise). I also love the pair's stark reserve (think of the lack of emotion after they finish making love at the Normandy Hotel) vs. their effusive emotion (think about the uncontrolled happiness when Trintignant's Man drives many miles from the Montecarlo race, after unexpectedly winning and receiving a telegram from Aimee's Woman ending with, "I love you," to find his femme. When he does find her, with the help of the children's boarding-school teacher, she is playing with les enfants on the beach.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's easy to fall in love with so sensual a film. I think the ideal way to look at this film is this: it's puzzlingly simple, then ya listen to the soundtrack later to evoke the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Khriss Bliss
I loved this movie when it first came out came out in 1966/67. I was in college and heavily involved in girls, foreign cars and sports car racing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by William H. Dodson, II
Good movie if you are into euro films and into motor sports. I love Formula 1 and Le Mans and this is a good film to watch.Published 10 months ago by Shafiqur Rahman
If you love an old fashioned love story and don't mind reading subtitles, THIS IS THE ONE FOR YOU!!!!Published 14 months ago by Lovejoy
It was a beautiful movie. The French narrative was superb. And the black mixed with color was ingenious for a movie of this era. I loved Anouk Aimee.Published 14 months ago by Jean-Paul Lapointe
This is indeed a great work that that exceeds all expectations - too bad Hollywood and Co. can't seem to come up with anything comparable since.Published 16 months ago by Robert Waid
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