Car movie of the Day: ‘A Man and a Woman’

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Editor’s note: Car guys, and even car girls, can take only so much of those Hallmark holiday movies that fill the airwaves and cable systems this time of year. As an automotive alternative, we’re offering our own suggestions of our favorite car movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out more of our favorite car movies here.


With a title of A Man and a Woman, you might assume that this movie is out of place on our list. Sounds more like the typical sappy holiday love story than something that would appeal to car guys and gals.

Yes, Un homme et une femme (the original French title) is, indeed, a love story. But it is a love story released in 1966 and full of Ford GT40s and footage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and of the then-new Ford Mustang racing in the Monte Carlo Rally and driving through the night on dark French roadways.

Actual footage from Le Mans was used in A Man and a Woman, but it wasn't just added for fun. One of the actor's relatives won the race multiple times. | Les Films 13 Screenshot
Actual footage from Le Mans was used in A Man and a Woman, but it wasn’t just added for fun. One of the actor’s relatives won the race multiple times. | Les Films 13 Screenshot

The movie stars Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimee, and if Trintignant’s name seems familiar, it’s likely because his uncle, Maurice Trintignant, drove in Grand Prix — winning 11 times — and in sports car events — co-driving with Froilan Gonzalez in the Ferrari 375 that won at Le Mans in 1954. The Le Mans footage in the movie is from 1964, and Maurice Trintignant is one of the drivers of the No. 2 Maserati Tipo 151 in that race.

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Aimee was nominated for an Oscar for her performance and Claude Lelouch was nominated as best director. The movie won Oscars for best foreign language film and for best script writing.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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