Arts & Entertainment

Scene Discussion: Jules and Jim

Martin Scorsese

Lesson time 01:47 min

Martin dissects the voice-over in François Truffaut's film, explaining how it pushes the story forward and gives the audience copious information about the characters. Martin also analyzes the composition of frames and the effect of the music.

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Topics include: Scene From Jules and Jim (1962) Directed By François Truffault


This is the beginning of Jules and Jim-- the first three or four minutes which influence the style of Goodfellas, and Casino and Wolf of Wall Street, and so many. But here you see-- I think a lot of it has to do with the relentlessness of the voiceover and the rapid speech, and also the pace of the music under it. It's pushing the images forward, pushing all of this storytelling forward. They're saying so much about each character. [FRENCH SPEECH] There's no connection-- straight narrative-- with the images. It just goes everywhere. [FRENCH SPEECH] Particularly at this moment, when he's introduced to the girls-- that image comes on very quickly and leaves. The pans now-- the change of locations is something that is completely unexpected. But here, between the voiceover, the movement of the actors in the frame, the compositions in each frame, and the driving force in the music-- the beat of the music under all of this-- it gave me the impression, the possibility of doing an entire film this way, or at least having the freedom. It feels like it's a sense of freedom. Anything can happen at any moment. You weren't tied to a direct story, even in this-- even if it was a story to the extent of a character walking in a scene, sitting down, getting up, walking around, or walking in a park. This is a-- the narrative is completely fractured, I think, by this extraordinary sequence.

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