Man And A Woman, A

Effusively romantic, visually stunning, slightly bland, A Man and a Woman has been condemned by some as an exercise in style for style's sake and by others for its lack of emotional complexity. Yet for many viewers this Claude Lelouch-directed film is as magical a love story as any brought to the screen. Widowed film script girl Anne Gauthier and auto racer Jean-Louis Duroc, whose wife has committed suicide, meet at the boarding school attended by their children. When Jean-Louis gives Anne a ride back to Paris, friendship and then love blossom, tough the specter of her much-loved late husband confuses their romance. Pulling out all the stops, Lelouch employs a wide variety of filmmaking techniques (swirling cameras, slow motion, switches from color to black and white, flashforwards and flashbacks) to tell his simple but effective love story. The artistic device of using colour and sepia came about because the director ran out of funds and couldn't afford any more colour stock. A Man and a Woman demonstrated that a wide audience was interested in stylish films, provided their stories hit home. The film won Academy Awards for Best Story / Screenplay and Best Foreign-Language Film, Aimée was justly nominated as Best Actress and Lelouch as Best Director, but for many viewers Francis Lai's catchy score remains their dominant memory.

Claude Lelouch

Claude Lelouch
Pierre Uytterhoeven

Claude Lelouch
Patrice Pouget

Claude Barrois
Claude Lelouch
G. Boisser

anouk Aimee
Jean-Louis Trintignant
Pierre Barouh
Valérie Lagrange

Baden Powell
Francis Lai
Vinicius De Moraes

Best Actress Golden Globe; Silver Ribbon
Best Foreign Actress British Academy Awards; Golden Palm Cannes; Best Foreign Language Film
Best Foreign Language Film
Best Screenplay Oscar; BAFTA Film Award
BestDirector of Foreign Film Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists

6th Festival on Wheels