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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.

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Complete credited cast:
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Raymond
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Cecile
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Elsa
Geoffrey Horne ...
Philippe
Juliette Gréco ...
Herself
Walter Chiari ...
Pablo
Martita Hunt ...
Philippe's Mother
Roland Culver ...
Mr. Lombard
Jean Kent ...
Mrs. Helen Lombard
David Oxley ...
Jacques
Elga Andersen ...
Denise
Jeremy Burnham ...
Hubert
Eveline Eyfel ...
Maid
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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. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Trivia

Otto Preminger always liked this film, although he felt the American critics did not do it justice. The film was a qualified success in France, yet American critics felt the film wasn't French enough, a detail that amused Preminger. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in The Good Time Girls (1960) See more »

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Bonjour Tristesse
Music and Lyrics by Georges Auric
Sung by Juliette Gréco
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Style over substance. Great anyway.
20 April 2007 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Very enjoyable film. Easy on the eyes, but not much depth. Soap opera story plays out rather unconvincingly, but the lovely scenery and engaging personalities make it all worthwhile. What a great way to spend 94 minutes: lost in the carefree lifestyle of the French Riviera at a time when the world seemed calm. Pure fantasy now! David Niven is more charming and relaxed than usual, in contrast to the typically tight-laced Deborah Kerr, who tries to impose some decorum upon the hedonists. Jean Seberg is delightful. Though her acting is terrible, she makes up for it with warmth and beauty. It also helps that she spends most of the film running around in bathing suits. She beat Mia Farrow to the short cropped hair by ten years. Preminger's one clever device of using both color and black-and-white photography adds visual interest, but fails to convey the heartbreak it's intended for. Recommend this film for pleasant escapism.


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