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A Man and a Woman

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 03/11/2008 , 102min.
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Plot & Details

The ultimate "date" movie of the mid-1960s, director Claude Lelouch's A Man and a Woman (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, A Man and a Woman: 20 Years Later appeared....twenty years later.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Claude Lelouch Nominated
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Actress Anouk Aimée Nominated
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Foreign Language Film Claude Lelouch Won
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Claude Lelouch Won
1966 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Pierre Uytterhoeven Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actress Anouk Aimée Won
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Claude Lelouch Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film - Foreign Language Won
1966 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Claude Lelouch Nominated
1966 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Francis Lai Nominated
1966 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Anouk Aimée Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Foreign Actress Anouk Aimée Won
1967 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best Film - Any Source Claude Lelouch Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 Directors Guild of America Best Director Claude Lelouch Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1966 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Nominated

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