Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

A Man and a Woman Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The ultimate "date" movie of the mid-1960s, director Claude Lelouch's Claude Lelouch (Un Homme et Une Femme) stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimee in the title roles. The twosome meet at the boarding school where their children are enrolled. Aimee, an actress, misses her train home, and Trintignant, a professional race car driver, offers her a ride. It is the first of several friendly encounters which eventually blossom into love. Both want to commit to each other, but neither can shake the Past. The now-famous climactic scene in a train station was not scripted at the time of shooting, thus Aimee was unaware that director Lelouch had decided upon a tearful reunion between her and Trintignant. This explains the look of utter surprise on the actress' face. Much has been written about the possible motivation behind Lelouch's decision to film some scenes in color, others in black-and-white. None of the more ardent auterists truly want to hear the director's explanation: he'd run short of money halfway through production, and black-and-white film stock was infinitely cheaper. The winner of two Oscars (one for Best Foreign Film), A Man and A Woman also scored on the "top ten" with its memorable theme music by Francis Lai. A sequel, Francis Lai appeared....twenty years later. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 12, 1966

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pierre Uytterhoeven Best Original Screenplay 1966 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Claude Lelouch Best Original Screenplay 1966 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Claude Lelouch Best Foreign Language Film 1966 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Claude Lelouch Best Director 1966 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Claude Lelouch Best Director 1966 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Claude Lelouch Best Director 1966 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Claude Lelouch Best Film - Any Source 1967 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Francis Lai Best Original Score 1966 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anouk Aimée Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1966 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anouk Aimée Best Actress 1966 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anouk Aimée Best Foreign Actress 1967 Winner

Cast

Anouk Aimée
as Anne Gauthier
Jean-Louis Trintignant
as Jean-Louis Duroc
Pierre Barouh
as Pierre Gauthier
Valerie Lagrange
as Valerie Duroc
Henri Chemin
as Jean-Louis' Codriver
Simone Paris
as Head Mistress
Yane Barry
as Mistress of Jean-Louis
Gerard Sire
as Announcer
Souad Amidou
as Francoise Gauthier
Antoine Sire
as Antoine Duroc
Paul Le Person
as Garage Man

Crew

Claude Lelouch
Director
Claude Lelouch
Producer
Claude Lelouch
Screenwriter
Pierre Uytterhoeven
Screenwriter
Claude Lelouch
Cinematographer
Francis Lai
Composer (Music Score)
Claude Barrois
Editor
Claude Lelouch
Editor
Robert Luchaire
Art Director
Advertisement