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Man & a Woman

Anouk Aimée , Jean-Louis Trintignant , Claude Lelouch    Unrated   DVD
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French filmmaker Claude Lelouch continues to take critical heat for this 1966 international hit, which has been labeled "schmaltzy" and dismissed as overly stylized for its simple story line. While it certainly can't be mistaken for a masterpiece of the French New Wave (Lelouch was left in the dust that year by such wonders as Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin Feminin), A Man and a Woman has a jumpy impressionism that engages a viewer precisely because it cuts against conventional expectations of romance. Starring Anouk Aimée as a widowed "script girl" (working in film production) and Jean-Louis Trintignant as a racer who lost his wife to suicide, the film is really an objective sampling--almost a study--of moments between the time the two characters meet and the point at which they begin to read each other intuitively. Generous flashbacks fill in details on the pair's woeful, recent histories, while endless documentary-like glimpses of Aimée's and Trintignant's characters at work in their highly charged professions become a visual engine for the days passing between measured developments in love. Lelouch is more dryly humane than lush in his approach, though the film strains once in a while for a forced naturalism that can actually be more narcissistic than the most obvious romantic contrivance. Still, A Man and a Woman--in the best sense--is also a movie in love with itself, with its own ability to evoke and conjure and construct dozens of different ways of tracking a relationship in progress. If Lelouch doesn't exactly push open the boundaries of cinema as several of his filmmaking peers did at the time, he certainly enjoys what he's doing. --Tom Keogh

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From director CLAUDE LELOUCH (And Now...Ladies and Gentlemen) comes this 1966 classic, a tender, visually exciting film of revitalizing love: a race-car driver (JEAN-LOUIS TRINIGNANT) and a movie script girl (ANOUK AIMEE) share a romance filled with humor and truth, intertwined with the demands of career and parenthood. Winner of OscarsO for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amour Toujours May 9 2004
I never would have visited France (especially the hilly Parisian town of Montmartre, where Aimee's Woman lives) or taken a second chance on love, on loving a man again, had I not viewed "Un Homme et Une Femme." I first rented the movie in my mid-20s and re-rented it (including the English-dubbed version on VHS, which I do not like) countless times before finally purchasing it.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Artistically Good Movie Jan. 9 2004
The movie details a widow and a widower looking for romance by a chance of encountering one another. Both are dealing with the loss of a spouse. The movie goes back and forth into time as to how their spouses have died and she has this image of him being a pimp when he doesn't go into detail about his career. He doesn't want to instill fear into her. She lost her husband on a movie set. One minute the movie is in black and white. The next minute, it's in color, like their love for each other. It may seem boring to some viewers because they expect something more dramatizing to happen or some sort of sexual tension and passion which is not what the movie is about. The movie without the excessiveness was just fine and easy to watch. I wasn't bored watching the movie. The fashion and makeup of the sixties was cool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Romantic! (A 4.3 on a scale of 1 to 5) Jan. 8 2004
"A Man and a Woman" is the quintessential French movie from the 60's. It's a love story (of course), it has a soundtrack that you'll recognize immediately, it's got Anouk Aimee.
The plot-if it could even be called that-is simple. A man and a woman meet at their children's boarding school. The man drives the woman back to Paris...and then back and forth to the school again the next Sunday. During these drives, they disclose their tragic, painful pasts: both have recently been widowed. Eventually they become closer and closer until they can almost read each other thoughts. The movie is about many small moments-flashbacks to their respective marriages, their glamourous jobs (she's a movie editor, he's a race car driver), their interactions with their children. The movie jumps from black and white to color, from present to past, from silence to that theme music.
Yes there are some schmaltzy moments...lots of running on the beach with the theme music under it. Still it is beautiful to look at, beautifully acted...and just so romantic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An art film of moments caught in time Jan. 1 2004
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Anouk Aimee is widowed, and so is Jean-Louis Trintignant, who lost his wife to suicide - and the film follows their chance meetings, before, during, and after they become aware of each other. Their lives dance a pas de deux mostly without touching - and so does the film. It's brilliant, an exploration of chance, life, fate, karma, whatever. Director Claude LeLouch scored big on this one, and about 20 yrs after I first saw the movie, certain scenes are still seered on my retina.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Self-love Oct. 9 2003
First time I watched this film, it was forced on me by my French teacher who was madly in love with this film. I am sure he meant well, but, despite the simplicity of the storyline, it was a torture for a student who was only two weeks into his first French course.
I returned to the film later (with subtitle, mercifully) and kept coming back for more ever since. The film is a very intimate study of the relationship between man and woman. There are items in the film that dates it firmly in the 60's (like songs and clothes) but the charm of this film is timeless as it deals with that "Fundamental Thing" Sam was singing about in Casablanca.
My French is still bad but it is not the film's fault.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why this has become my favorite movie ever made Sept. 23 2003
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I have never seen a movie that depicts such tenderness not only between lovers but between a parent and child. The music and scenery are simply gorgeous. There is not much plot here - the magic in this movie lies in the characters and the atmosphere created by the music and the scenery of the northern coast of France. The DVD has added features including a documentary on the making of the film and an interview with the director, Claude Lelouche. This movie is so timeless - it's hard to believe it was made almost forty years ago. The movie won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and Best Screenplay. It certainly ranks as one of the most romantic movies ever made.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Like colorizing Citizen Kane
Let's be clear about this. I've loved this movie since I first saw it in the late sixties, and when I saw it recently on DVD I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had lost... Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2003 by Doug Urquhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Works, After 30 Years
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Published on May 27 2003 by Lady Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless.
Claude Lelouch's *A Man and a Woman* is the movie to be condemned for inaugurating what has become one of the worst cliches in movies: the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original FRENCH is back, with the DVD release!
The DVD has just been released (March 18, 2003)
For those of us who love the film, but suffered for many years with the dubbed English, the French language (with subtitles)... Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by T. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars ON DVD... AT LONG LAST!
Despite their ongoing commitment to second-rate DVD packaging Warner Brothers deserves a pat on the pack for this Widescreen DVD release which features a circa 2003 interview with... Read more
Published on March 18 2003 by Athenaeus Alexander Dukas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Romantic movie
I have had the opportunity to see both versions of A Man and a A Woman.I was lucky enough one night too see the original french version and it was great, but i still like dubbed... Read more
Published on March 1 2003 by "mrripley59"
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Romantic Move
I for one have seen this movie about 10 times and never get bored of seeing it. The music is great the use of color for the present time and the black and white for the past scenes... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by "mrripley59"
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