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No. 293: Un Homme et une Femme

The wide golden seashore in Deauville plays a leading role in Un Homme et une Femme, the 1966 French film by Claude Lelouch that won nearly 50 international awards (including the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film). It also led to decades of romantic road trips and rendezvous to this famous seaside town. While strolling along the storied boardwalk last evening, I came across this plaque, and was reminded that I needed to rewatch this classic romance with the impossibly gorgeous and very French Anouk Aimée.


If you haven’t seen the film, I am sure your subconscious is familiar with the ba-da-ba-da-da-da-da-da-da-ba-da-ba song by Francis Lai and Pierre Barouh which nips in and out of scenes throughout the film.

If you have seen it, as most good Francophiles have, you will remember that much of the film is told wordlessly through either very dramatic action, or through hearing the characters’ thoughts as they talk themselves through life. Watching it again this morning, it was hard not to giggle and I still haven’t shaken the da-ba-da-ba-das from my brain. If you need to swoon and grin and want a groovy soundtrack to carry your day, take a look at this celebrated beach scene from the strands of romantic Deauville. Bonne séance!




5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh God, I LOVED that film and, yes, as soon as I started reading your post that music started in my ‘skull cinema’. I was living in London in the 60s when it came out and it was very much THE movie to see. It was shown at the Mayfair Cinema which was posh and comfortable with great sound. I seem to remember taking several girlfriends to see it!

    June 30, 2014
    • Whoa! Quite the lady’s man, non? I was only a babe when it came out, but I watched it in college in the 80s and wanted to be Anouk Aimée. It is a great film and you’d have to be crazy not to love the music. I’m glad my post brought back happy memories.

      June 30, 2014
  2. Oh, and I forgot – that Mustang. Wow.

    June 30, 2014
  3. Oh THAT song!! Thanks! Great clip.

    July 1, 2014

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