The soundtrack is taken from a live performance of Ray Charles' R&B hit "What'd I Say", which was first released in 1959. The repeated song-line "It's all right!" serves as a kind of encouragement through the barrage of emotion-inducing images. The tone of the song which blends sensuality and fervent spiritual praise serves to underline the themes while also making it an enjoyable romp.
The movie is a bold declaration that the human spirit can ride even the most treacherous of waves of deadliness. We know what we're up against strong odds and yet we won't ever give up being true to ourselves! It bursts the lid on what was thought possible with movies, takes it to the stratosphere! One of the pefect soundtracks in cinema! One of the perfect titles in cinema.
There is a strong current of sexuality throughout, and this major aspect of the movie seen from our present perspective and consciousness is clearly biased sexually, racially age-wise, and body-type-wise. But I think, considering the time of the production, this is understandable, considering how show-girls and night-club dancers of the day typically met the same criteria. The movie is trying to encapsulate our world and present it all in a ironic way as entertainment. Blending images of war with fireworks with images of nudity is a reflection of how our world has come to jumble everything together without any time to reflect or appropriately transition to the next topic. The novel thing about the nudity, stripping, and sensuality, is that it comes across as very fresh and current in the manner it was shot, namely in that they are shots that capture the beauty of the female form and don't seem to be primarily for the purpose of tantalization or arousal.
La rivière du hibou
The escape and reunion scene are the definition of magic, where movie-lovers live when they get that gleam of movie-love in their eyes. For the precedent on capital punishment, see Melies' "Les incendiaires" (1906).
The title translates from French to "Owl river", named in honor of the 1890 Ambrose Bierce story upon which it is based "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge".
Jules et Jim
Written by François Truffaut and Jean Gruault
Editing by Claudine Bouché
Costumes by Fred Capel
Starring Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner,
The title translates from French to "Jules and Jim".