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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Laurents (screenplay)
Françoise Sagan (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
April 1958 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Another study in a teenage girl's destructive dislike for her widowed father's lover… See more (38 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Deborah Kerr ... Anne Larson

David Niven ... Raymond

Jean Seberg ... Cecile

Mylène Demongeot ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tutte Lemkow ... Pierre Schube (uncredited)
Maryse Martin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Laurents  screenplay &
Françoise Sagan  based on the novel by (as Francoise Sagan)

Produced by
John Palmer .... associate producer
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal  (as George Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Helga Cranston 
 
Production Design by
Roger K. Furse  (as Roger Furse)
 
Art Direction by
Ray Simm  (as Raymond Simm)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bond .... hair stylist
George Frost .... makeup artist
Janou Pottier .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Erica Masters .... production manager
Philippe Senné .... production manager (as Philippe Senne)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Serge Friedman .... assistant director
Adrian Pryce-Jones .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kumi Sugai .... paintings
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Hawkins .... sound editor
David Hildyard .... sound
Red Law .... sound
Claude Hitchcock .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Wally Fairweather .... focus puller (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby .... special still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hope Bryce .... costume coordinator
May Walding .... wardrober
 
Music Department
Lambert Williamson .... conductor
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... title designer
Eileen Head .... script supervisor
Tutte Lemkow .... choreographer: dances
Max Slater .... assistant to producer
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bonjour tristesse" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
USA:94 min | Argentina:94 min
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Color:
Black and White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
Roland Culver replaced a actor who dropped outSee more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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:
Cecile:Albertine! I mean Léontine! Slight maid problem. Some weird sisters rotate working for us.
Anne Larson:Weird? How?
Cecile:Every week one or the other is suddenly stricken with some odd malady. Maybe it's us.
Maid:Yes, Mademoiselle?
Cecile:Oh! Léontine...
Maid:Léontine has a bad liver. I am her sister, Claudine.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Good Time Girls (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Bonjour TristesseSee more »

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27 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Another study in a teenage girl's destructive dislike for her widowed father's lover…, 21 May 2007

The films of Otto Preminger share for the most part a detached objectivity in their attitudes to character and moral issues…

In "Bonjour Tristesse," his gamine protégé Cecile (Jean Seberg) is a very peculiar girl, maybe spoiled and willful and arrogant and lazy…

Anne (Deborah Kerr) had made her look at herself for the first time in her life…And that turned her against her… And now, her father is not having fun anymore, which was probably another reason she decided to get rid of her… How carefully and how seriously she went about that decision, is the tale of Françoise Sagan, published in 1954, by the time she was nineteen…

Raymond (David Niven) is a bundle of surprises… For him, it's such a wonderful fun to have Cecile for a daughter… And loving Anne doesn't mean that he loves his daughter any less… The wealthy playboy becomes serious from the moment that Anne arrived… He could never think of her as just someone to have fun with… He does have fun with Elsa (Mylène Demongeot) but that's a long way from being all he wants… Now, he has never wanted any woman the way he wants Anne…

Anne spent her honeymoon by the sea 12 years ago… She had quite a debate with herself before coming down to the French Riviera… For knowing that Elsa was there, she got stupidly angry and decided to leave…Then the prospect of packing and looking for a hotel was too much after that long drive so she decided to stay…

Being too sophisticated (maybe for discovering occupied territory), Anne was as suspicious of summer as she was of Raymond in spite of the fact that she knew him 15 years ago, and was quite sure that with him, nobody is safe…

For Cecile, Anne is prim and prissy and prude… For a woman who hates vulgarities—even when they're funny—she could never be seriously interested in a man like her father… So part of her was angry, part was happy, all of her was excited… Her father had brought a girl to the seashore, made her go out in the sun and then when she was a mess of peeling, dropped her like a hot lobster… It was unfair… Yet even while she was angry at him, she was proud that he had gotten the unattainable Anne… Anne looks now softer… She moves easier… In the morning, she seems as though she had the most wonderful secret in the world…

Suddenly she becomes aware of a great responsibility towards Cecile, as it would be good if she stops seeing Philippe (Geoffrey Horne) and studies for her philosophy examination…

Cecile becomes furious at her interference… Anne wants her to study and not to see Philippe… So what shall it be? For her, there'll be a man to take care of her…And she doesn't need a diploma for that…

Now she hates Anne… For her, she has changed her father…She'll change her and will change everything…

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