Jules and Jim

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German title Jules and Jim
Original title Jules et Jim
Country of production France
original language French
Publishing year 1962
length 105 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director François Truffaut
script Henri-Pierre Roché (novel)
François Truffaut
Jean Gruault
production Marcel Berbert
music Georges Delerue
camera Raoul Coutard
cut Claudine Bouché

Jules and Jim (French original title: Jules et Jim ) is a movie by the director François Truffaut , based on the novel of the same name by Henri-Pierre Roché , and is considered a classic of the French Nouvelle Vague .


The story begins in 1912 when the French Jim and the Austrian Jules met in Paris during the Belle Époque . The two friends not only share their interest in literature, but above all in women. When they go on vacation together to Greece, they find an old statue in a small open-air museum with an archaic smile that fascinates both of them equally. On their return they meet the Frenchwoman Catherine, who has that very smile. Jules falls in love with her and makes it clear to Jim that this time he claims exclusivity. The two get married, have a daughter and move into a house in the Black Forest shortly before the outbreak of the First World War .

During the war years, contact between the friends breaks off, and when Jim visits the couple after the war, he finds that the marriage of the two is over. A love develops between Jim and Catherine that Jules accepts without jealousy. However, the relationship between Jim and Catherine is characterized by power struggles and acts of revenge and is also overshadowed by their unfulfilled desire to have children. When Jim revealed to Catherine that he wanted to marry his long-term Parisian lover Gilberte and have children with her, the situation escalated and Catherine threatened to kill him. The contact breaks off again. It wasn't until 1933 that Jules, Jim and Catherine happened to meet again. On a joint excursion, Catherine falls to her death - dragging Jim with her - and Jules is left alone.


The basis of the novel Jules et Jim (1953) are true events: Henri-Pierre Roché lived with the married couple Helen and Franz Hessel in a triangular relationship , the events of which he recorded in his diaries, carnets . The German writer Manfred Flügge wrote a factual novel about Roché and the Hessel couple with the title Jumped Love. The real story of Jules and Jim , which came out in 1993.

Roché's second novel Les deux anglaises et le continent (1956) was also made into a film by Truffaut under the title Two Girls from Wales and the Love of the Continent .

The film marked the first collaboration between Truffaut and the screenwriter Jean Gruault. Several joint productions followed until the 1970s.

The film was released in theaters in the Federal Republic of Germany on February 23, 1962, and it was first broadcast on television on May 8, 1974 on ARD .


  • Lexicon of international film : "Truffaut's film depicts the fatally ending story of their love for three with eminent instinct for the nuances of the human-emotional as well as the cinematic-optical. The sensitive camera work and the flowing editing also contribute to the aesthetic pleasure."
  • Prisma Online: "A masterpiece of film history, staged by star director François Truffaut and garnished with historical recordings of Paris city life before the Second World War."
  • Frankfurter Rundschau , Frankfurt am Main: "An intelligent film (...) that doesn't fit into any template."
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung , Munich: "Versatile, broken poetry, ranging from naive exuberance to dark elegiac tones."
  • Evangelischer Filmbeobachter , Munich (Critique No. 126/1962): "The terms marriage, love and responsibility towards one's own child are so perverted in this work of the French" New Wave "that, despite its artistic values ​​- condensing imagery, parodic and caricaturing traits - can only say a resounding no to him. "


Jeanne Moreau was nominated for Best Foreign Actress by the British Film Academy in 1963, but did not receive the award. In France, the film received the Étoile de Cristal in 1962 for best French film and for this actress. In Denmark he received the Bodil for best European film of the year in 1963 .

Film music

  • Jules et Jim. Tie originals you film . Philips, medium 432.728 BE, 1962.
  • Jules et Jim & La Cloche Thibétaine. Tie originals you film . Prometheus, Mechelen 1989, PCD 103 - original recordings under the direction of Georges Delerue


The German dubbed version was produced by Berliner Synchron GmbH , the dialogues were written by Heinz Giese , and the dialogues were directed by Klaus von Wahl .

role actor Voice actor
Catherine Jeanne Moreau Eva Katharina Schultz
Jules Oskar Werner Michael Chevalier
Jim Henri Serre Lothar Blumhagen
Thérèse Marie Dubois Renate Küster
Gilberte Vanna Urbino Marion Degler
Albert Serge Rezvani Herbert Stass
teller Wilhelm Borchert


  • Henri-Pierre Roché: Jules and Jim . Structure, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-7466-1466-X .
  • Manfred Flügge: Cracked love. The real story of "Jules and Jim" . Structure, Berlin 1996, ISBN 3-7466-1333-7 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Charlotte Wolff : Moments change us more than time. An autobiography (original title Hindsight , translated by Michaela Huber). Beltz, Weinheim / Basel 1982, p. 124, ISBN 3-407-39003-3 .
  2. ^ Theguardian.com, accessed January 13, 2016
  3. ^ Filmdienst.de and Spiegel.de .
  4. Jules and Jim in the German dubbing index