A Story of Water

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.

A Story of Water
Directed byJean-Luc Godard
François Truffaut
Produced byPierre Braunberger
Written byFrançois Truffaut
StarringJean-Claude Brialy
Caroline Dim
Narrated byCaroline Dim
CinematographyMichel Latouche
Edited byJean-Luc Godard
Les Films de la Pléiade
Distributed byUnidex
Release date
March 3, 1961 (France)
Running time
12 minutes

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.

See also


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

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