A Man And A Woman (Un Homme Et Une Femme)

A Man And A WomanBB

(out of 5)

What on earth did our parents find entertaining about two French people making out for hours while elevator music played in the background? Overdirected within an inch of its life, Claude Lelouch’s cinematic meditation on two lonely people has substance to the extent that it occasionally switches between black-and-white and colour photography without explanation and has some characters express their feelings in song (the samba ‘s husband sings for her is the most ridiculous thing in the world).  races cars and Aimee works on film sets, the two of them meeting when it turns out that their children attend the same boarding school.  They discuss their dead spouses, have coffee, take walks on the beach, fall in love and then do nothing. It’s as if Lelouch purposely threw a monkey wrench in the progress of the French New Wave of the 60s just for fun. Aimee is exceptionally beautiful, but in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita she showed ten times more charm, sex appeal and finesse, and all in the first fifteen minutes of the film.

France, 1966

Directed by

Screenplay by Claude Lelouch,

Cinematography by Claude Lelouch

Produced by Claude Lelouch

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1966

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Academy Award
Best Foreign Language Film (France)
Best Writing (Story and Screenplay–written directly for the screen) (Story by Claude Lelouch; Screenplay by Claude Lelouch, Pierre Uytterhoeven)

Best Actress (Anouk Aimee as “Anne Gauthier”)
Best Directing (Claude Lelouch)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Anouk Aimee)
Best Screenplay (Robert Bolt)
Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film (France)

Best Director (Claude Lelouch)
Best Original Song-Motion Picture (“A Man and A Woman”, music by Francis Lai, lyrics by Pierre Barouh)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Francis Lai)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Actress (Anouk Aimee)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films

Cannes Film Festival Award
Palme D’Or (tie)

Directors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Claude Lelouch)

British Academy Award
Best Foreign Actress (Anouk Aimee)

Best Film



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