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  • Actors: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Philippe Léotard, David Markham, Kika Markham, Sylvia Marriott
  • Directors: Francois Truffaut
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fox Lorber
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 1999
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1572524839
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,695 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Two English Girls" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage Truffaut Trailer Collection

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Over time, Claude's parisian-boho morals infume these two women causing each in turn to fall in love with him.
Jules Anderson
Leaud could be more expressive but I see why Truffaut used him and in retrospect, I'm glad he did because he connects the film to the director's other work.
Gabriel Oak
While the two actresses playing the sisters fare somewhat better, for a film about love and passion it's too analytical.
The CinemaScope Cat

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. on March 18, 2002
Format: DVD
One of Truffaut's favorite movies of mine, TWO ENGLISH GIRLS is an adaptation of a novel from Henri-Pierre Roché, the author of "Jules & Jim", a book Truffaut had adapted 10 years before.
Two women, one man and the waltz of the misunderstandings and the hesitations dancing between the walls of a love that doesn't dare to speak. The movie features a romantic love story happening a hundred years too late, so, as always in Truffaut movies, the characters are out of focus, they live a virtual passionate love that could fill hundreds of pages of a novel but are doomed to suffer in the trivial reality of the beginning of the XXth century.
A superb musical score by Georges Delerue and a Jean-Pierre Léaud lunar as usual should tempt you even if the quality of the DVD presented by Fox Lorber is no more than average.
A DVD zone your library.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2001
Format: DVD
Undoubtedly, the film is excellent, though I don't call this a masterpiece (I'm still not sure if the narration is too much in this film). But the DVD... not too bad, but when the box tells you that it is FULLY RESTORED, you should expect more from this. A brief scene (about 1 minute) is deleted. When Anne meets Claude again, it takes quite a few days before Anne takes off her bra and goes to Claude's bed. Their conversation on the bed (in which Anne is shown topless) is missing. Some scenes also turn too dark. If you don't mind these, this is still an OK DVD.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ALAIN ROBERT on October 6, 2002
Format: DVD
Arguably the director's best movie,LES DEUX ANGLAISES ET LE CONTINENT is both charming and moving.TRUFFAUT always loved stories about love triangles(his own life was like that).It is not surprizing that he added the scenes that were originally missing when the film was first presented in 1971.He was obviously very fond of that movie.JEAN-PIERRE LÉAUD his alter ego from the DOINEL series was miscast to be sure,but it doesn't diminish the quality of the storytelling.A common TRUFFAUT device here is the use of the voice over that comes off perfectly.Very few films have succeeded in presenting the theme of love in all it's cruelty and physical aspects.MURIEL and ANNE the héroines are reminiscent of the BRONTÉ sisters.A good choice for anyone who wants to understand the psychology of women.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Oak on February 19, 2006
Format: DVD
Five stars for the film, four stars because this DVD has no extras.

This is among Truffaut's best films, and in some ways, even better than Jules and Jim because Truffaut was older when he made it and was able to deal more complexly with the difficulties of love. The control of the color palette (beautifully shot by Nestor Almendros) and the references to the Bronte sisters add to the beauty of the film. The acting is at times stilted and melodramatic yet somehow this deepens the melancholy of the film. The British actresses give themselves fully to their roles. Leaud could be more expressive but I see why Truffaut used him and in retrospect, I'm glad he did because he connects the film to the director's other work. I would normally rate this film with five stars but the DVD is not an entirely satisfactory transfer and I'm waiting for the Criterion version, with extras. Even the chapter settings on this DVD are inadequate. Please Criterion, put out all of Truffaut's work with the neccessary extras.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacTavish on June 23, 2002
Format: DVD
Truffaut made lots of great movies, and lots of mediocre ones. "Two English Girls" stands out, I think, as his best.
Like "Jules and Jim," this film involves a love triangle, only instead of two men and woman, as the title suggests, this triangle is made up of two women (sisters) and a man named Claude (Jean-Pierre Leaud).
Initially, during an extended stay at the girls home in England, Claude falls in love with Muriel (Stacey Tendeter), but after a period of separation, he decides to "play the field." When Muriel's sister Anne (Kika Markham) moves to Paris, Claude begins a relationship with her, only to find that she can play the field too. Eventually, Claude and Muriel come together for one night, and the experience rekindles Claude's love. But it is not to be. I won't spoil the films ending, but will say that it leaves only the most unsentimental viewers without tears in their eyes.
The films sole flaw is a short part in which Muriel confesses to masturbation in a letter. This detracts from what is otherwise a supremely sensitive and touching film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 15, 2004
Format: DVD
The restored 130-minute version of Two English Girls is something of a misfire but not without compensations. For a director who once complained about the overly-literary nature of French cinema, his mise-en-scene is very clumsy here, with excessive use of narration not just to fill in gaps but to tell us the characters thoughts and feelings during scenes where, had he done his job properly, we should know. At times it threatens to become a slideshow accompaniment to a book reading.

The plot ambles along directionlessly as Jean-Pierre Leaud's selfish young Frenchman selfishly destroys two sisters' lives without ever finding happiness himself. It's very much fantasy-fulfilment, with the two embodying Madonna and Whore and at times threatens to turn into a distaff Jules et Jim as everyone is oh so civilized about it all. The casting is also problematic. Kika Markham is fine as the free-spirit of sorts, but Stacey Tendeter is less effective as her 'purer' sister and the casting of the minor British roles is haphazard at best - David Markham is fine as a fortune teller, but the next-door neighbour is not exactly a natural actor and one scene features a London Bobby who looks about as English as Raimu on a particularly jowelly day.

It's one of those films that always seems to be on for another hour no matter how far into it you get, and it doesn't reward the effort with more than minor pleasures. But it is nice to see composer Georges Delerue in a small role as an estate agent and for all its clumsiness and overlength it has its moments and a mildly affecting ending. It's just a shame getting there took so long.

Whereas the US NTSC DVD from Koch Lorber only has a gallery of French trailers from most of Truffaut's films, the extras on the PAL Australian Region 4 DVD stretch to a vintage interview with Truffaut and footage of him shooting the film.
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