A Story of Water

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A Story of Water
Une Histoire D'Eau poster.jpg
Directed by François Truffaut
Jean-Luc Godard
Produced by Pierre Braunberger
Written by François Truffaut
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy
Caroline Dim
Narrated by Caroline Dim
Cinematography Michel Latouche
Edited by Jean-Luc Godard
Les Films de la Pléiade
Distributed by Unidex
Release date
March 3, 1961 (France)
Running time
12 minutes
Language French

A Story of Water (French: Une histoire d'eau) is a short film directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut in 1958. It recounts the story of a woman's trip to Paris, which is surrounded by a large flooded area. It was first shown publicly in 1961. The title is a pun on the title of the erotic novel Une histoire d'O. The film was shot in two days.[1] The film is dedicated to Mack Sennett.

According to film critic David Edelstein, introducing the film's presentation on TCM.com, Truffaut's screenplay was a "slight but reasonably coherent romance" which was altered significantly in the editing room by Godard, who added absurdist voiceovers and percussion music while cutting out most of the plot.[1]

The film is included as a supplement on Criterion's DVD/Blu-ray release of Truffaut's The Last Metro.



  1. ^ a b Edelstein, David. Intro to A Story of Water on TCM.com (July 19, 2013)

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