Cinema: In Love with a Smile

Jules and Jim (Janus) are friends. Jules is short and round and Austrian. Jim is tall and skinny and French. They live in Paris of 1912, and are almost as young as they feel. All day they write poetry, all night they run after girls. For relaxation they sneer at money and doodle on café tables. Sometimes they box, and once they share a widow.

Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) are the whilom heroes of a gay, grotesque little novel by the late Henri Pierre Roché, now made into a gay, grotesque little movie by France's François Truffaut (The 400...

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