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( aka "A Man and a Woman" )

directed by Claude Lelouch
France 1966

" 'Jean-Louis Duroc (Trintignant) and Anne Gauthier (Aimée) are a man and woman. They meet accidentally picking up there children from the boarding school they attend during the week. He visits his son, she her daughter. After missing her train, he offers her a ride back to Paris. They slowly are revealing characteristics about themselves to both us and each another. They are performing the age old ritual of slowly falling in love.

The director Lelouch's is adept at telling this simple story moving from color scenes to black and white ones. We hear inside the minds of these two individuals and it ingratiates their love affair even more so into our psyche . For romantics, this is pretty much nirvana, and being a big one myself can whole heartedly recommend this as a masterpiece and a quintessential film of the 60's. "



DVD Review: Warner  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Warner - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:00 
Video 1.78:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen / anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 5.73 mb/s
NTSC 960X540 29.97 f/s
Bitrate: Warner 

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) , English DUB (Dolby Digital 2.0)
Subtitles English, French, Spanish and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video
Theatrical Release Date: July 12, 1966

Edition details:

  • '37 Years Later with Claude Lelouch'  Interview - 12:48

  • 'Behind the Scenes' Documentary - 22:38  (4:3)

  • Trailer - widescreen anamorphic 1:37

  • Trailer for ' A Man and  a Woman 20 Years Later' widescreen anamorphic 1:19

  • Awards - 2 static screens

Sundry: DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
Snapper Case
Chapters: 20


Comments: Solid stuff from Warner. It is not restored as I still see dirt and speckles in places but the contrast and colors are very good. Clean print from 66' film. The sound  was acceptable although not overly applaud-able. It may have been from the verite style that the film was shot in at times though. I am suitably impressed with this offering. Good extras, great film.   out of .

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French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno
French Cinema: From Its Beginnings to the Present
by Remi Fournier Lanzoni
Truffaut: A Biography by Antoine do Baecque and Serge Toubiana

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