Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
"Bonjour tristesse" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  April 1958 (USA)
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Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.



(screenplay), (based on the novel by) (as Francoise Sagan)
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Complete credited cast:
Geoffrey Horne ...
Juliette Gréco ...
Walter Chiari ...
Martita Hunt ...
Philippe's Mother
Roland Culver ...
Mr. Lombard
Jean Kent ...
Mrs. Helen Lombard
David Oxley ...
Elga Andersen ...
Jeremy Burnham ...
Eveline Eyfel ...


Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life. Written by Dragan Antulov <>

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April 1958 (USA)  »

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Bonjour Tristesse  »

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The car Cecile drives at the beginning of the film is a Simca Sport Océane, made in France. See more »


We hear the Band at c.6'50" and we see a clarinet-player performing, but the music has no clarinet part whatsoever included at that point in the soundtrack. Later, when the clarinet does eventually join the soundtrack, the fingering of the player bears absolutely no relation to the music actually being heard. See more »


Anne Larson: You know, I spent my honeymoon by the sea 12 years ago.
Cecile: Did you like it? I mean, the place?
Anne Larson: Yes, I liked both it and the place.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »


Bonjour Tristesse
Music and Lyrics by Georges Auric
Sung by Juliette Gréco
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One of the most beautiful films ever made; see it on the big screen only
5 July 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I'll never forget seeing a pristine print of this magnificently shot (entirely on location in the French Riviera) Preminger classic on the huge screen of the Egyptian theater in Hollywood (I refuse to watch the cut-up video version currently available), and let me tell you, there is no more poetic or romantic film in existence. Forget the silly, soap-opera pretext of a Francoise Sagan plot, just sit back and let the 'real' story, the visual poetry drift over you and take you away. Now, I'm not saying this because I'm in love with both Jean Seberg and Deborah Kerr (how can you not be, the way they look on the screen here), but because this is the quintessential Otto Preminger film, where he takes the trashiest of romance novels and proceeds to make a case study demonstration of how irrelevant 'standard' plot devices can be in the cinema by making a visual masterpiece out of it.

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