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A Man and a Woman (1966)

Un homme et une femme (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 12 July 1966 (USA)
A widow and a widower find their relationship developing into love, but their past tragedies prove hard to overcome, causing them to proceed with utmost delicacy.

Director:

Claude Lelouch
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anouk Aimée ... Anne Gauthier
Jean-Louis Trintignant ... Jean-Louis Duroc (as Jean Louis Trintignant)
Pierre Barouh Pierre Barouh ... Pierre Gauthier
Valérie Lagrange ... Valerie Duroc
Antoine Sire Antoine Sire ... Antoine Duroc (as Antoine)
Souad Amidou Souad Amidou ... Françoise Gauthier (as Souad)
Henri Chemin Henri Chemin ... Jean-Louis' Codriver
Yane Barry Yane Barry ... Mistress of Jean-Louis
Paul Le Person Paul Le Person ... Garage Man
Simone Paris Simone Paris ... Head Mistress
Gérard Sire Gérard Sire ... Announcer
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Storyline

A man and a woman meet by accident on a Sunday evening at their children's boarding school. Slowly the widower and widow reveal themselves to each other, with each revelation hidden by a misperception. They become closer and closer, until she reveals that she can't have a lover because her husband's memory is still far too strong. Much of the film is told wordlessly in actions or through hearing each person's thoughts. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Grand Prize Winner 1966 Cannes Film Festival See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films 13 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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Quotes

Jean-Louis Duroc: Some Sundays start well and end badly. It's hard to believe- It's crazy to refuse happiness. If I had to go through this again, What would I do? Is there anything else I could do? To see her for months on end as a pal. What happens? You end up being pals, maybe. She wired, 'I love you.' Admit it boy, you just don't understand women.
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Soundtracks

Samba Saravah
Music by Baden Powell
Lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
French lyrics by Pierre Barouh
Performed by Pierre Barouh
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What the real Art is
29 March 2005 | by AlexandarSee all my reviews

A Man and a Woman (1966)**** Simple and brilliant love story about one week in lives of a french widow and a widower is enriched by inventive cinematography and directing (by Lelouch), great performances (Aimee and Trintignant) and amazing score (by Francis Lai). Very unique and subtle script (by Lelouch and Uytterhoeven) was worth an Oscar. This movie also deservedly won Cannes Golden Palm and Foreign Language Oscar. Music score was, however, neglected by Academy but remains memorable today (after 40 years) and is often used in similar (would-be) movies. It also inspired a sequel – A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later - in 1986. also directed by Lelouch. However, it was a major disappointment with lack of any real sense and various unnecessary subplots. Except of stunning opening car race sequence. (I would recommend a sequel only because of this).


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