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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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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)
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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:It's getting out of control. I just wish I were a lot older or a lot younger.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Sagan soaper, 3 August 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

David Niven and Jean Seberg say "Bonjour Tristesse" in this 1958 film directed by Otto Preminger and also starring Deborah Kerr and Mylène Demongeot. Niven and Seberg are Raymond and Cecile, a father and daughter vacationing on the Riviera and having a superficial blast for themselves. Raymond has his current girlfriend Elsa (Demongeot) living with them as well. When a good friend of Raymond's late wife, Anne (Kerr) comes to visit, things change - at first for the better, as the four of them continue the party atmosphere. Later, when Anne becomes Raymond's fiancée and begins to discipline Cecile, the fun stops. Cecile decides that Anne will have to go.

The film is told in flashback, black and white representing the present and glorious color used to tell the story, which is narrated by Seberg.

There's lots about this movie that is fascinating, and some of it just sort of falls flat. The idea that a deep-thinking, responsible career woman comes into the lives of two bon vivants is an interesting one, and you couldn't ask for a better cast. The beginning of the film, and even Cecile's plan to get rid of Anne that she brings Elsa and her own boyfriend Phillipe in on has a lighthearted feel to it. What Raymond and Cecile never considered is that there are ramifications for actions, Cecile due to her immaturity and Raymond because he's Raymond.

David Niven is terrific as the dashing Raymond, who loves a party, and Deborah Kerr gives a warm performance as Anne, who truly loves him and wants to ground both him and his daughter. The curiosity here is Seberg. She is as always the perfect gamine. Any time she's in a scene, you can't take your eyes off of her. She's so darn beautiful. Yet I don't think I've ever heard her say one line that I believed. And she's one actress where it just doesn't seem to matter. We hear a lot about "it" - well, she really had it.

Gorgeous scenery - you want to leave for the Riviera immediately. And, truth to tell, spending some time with Raymond, Cecile and Elsa before the arrival of Anne wouldn't be bad either.

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