SUMMIT, NJ - The 1962 French film "Jules and Jim" (Jules et Jim). directed by Francois Truffaut, will be screened June 2 at MONDO beginning at 8 p.m. Following the showing, classic and foreign film expert Gerard Amsellem will participate in a discussion of the film.
Jules and Jim is an adaptation of a semi-autobiographical novel by Henri-Pierre Roché. Set between 1912 and 1933, it stars Oskar Werner as the German Jules and Henri Serre as the Frenchman Jim, kindred spirits who, while on holiday in Greece, fall in love with the smile on the face of a sculpture. Back in Paris, the smile comes to life in the person of Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), and the three individuals become constant companions, determined to live their lives to the fullest despite the world war around them.
When Jules declares his love for Catherine, Jim agrees to let Jules pursue her, despite his own similar feelings; Jules and Catherine marry and have a child, but Catherine still loves Jim as well. An influential film that has grown in stature over the decades, Jules and Jim was often viewed by the counterculture of the 1960s as a cinematic proponent of the free-love movement, but in actuality this film is a statement against such a way of life. Despite the bond shared by Jules, Jim and Catherine, their ménage a trois is doomed to fail; and Catherine’s inability to choose between the two men leads to tragic consequences for all three.
Gerard Amsellem runs La Cinémathèque film club and has also spoken at many venues, including the West Orange Film Society, and the South Orange Public Library. A French teacher at Livingston High School, he has been teaching the extremely popular World Film class, a course of his own creation, for the last seven years.
Admission is $12 in advance, $14 at the door, with advance tickets reserved by e:mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or purchased in-person at MONDO Summit. Seating is limited.
MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue.