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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)

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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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:
Eveline Eyfel, credited as "Maid", plays three roles: the sisters Albertine, Léontine and Claudine, who stand in for each other as maids at different points in the story.See 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:
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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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Iconic Film of the 1950s, 10 March 2009
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

The wonderfully fresh and vivacious Jean Seberg here shines in her second film. The previous year she had played Joan of Arc (chosen from 18,000 young girls who auditioned for the role), and here Otto Preminger directs his protégé again to superb effect. The film opens with very dramatic music by Georges Auric. This film is based upon the best-selling first novel by the young Francoise Sagan, which created a scandal then but now is not scandalous at all. What passed for 'decadence' at the time was a life of aimless idling by the rich on the Riviera, some gambling, some boating, some swimming, some affairs, and a great deal of insipid self-indulgence. This we see epitomised in Seberg's father, played to perfection by David Niven, a shallow idler and womanizer who straightens his bow tie self-consciously between seductions in the bushes. He and Jean have a 'father-and-daughter-thing' because her mother died long ago, and they really don't want anybody else in their lives apart from casual partners with whom they can romp, only to throw them away when used, joking about them to each other as they get ready to have an evening out. As the film opens, Niven's girlfriend of the moment is Elsa, a charmingly empty-headed creature played delightfully by Mylene Demongeot, who shows such talent as a restrained comedienne. Juliette Greco makes a full-throated appearance in a club, singing the film's theme song all the way through as the dancing and whirling Jean stares at her glassy-eyed over men's shoulders, lost in haunted visions of regret. In 1958, the teenage girls of Britain all swooned over and identified with Jean Seberg, who seems to have originated the shorn boyish haircut which Mia Farrow later copied. Niven as the amiable cad was pretty much what one would expect. But into this mix comes Miss Straight, in the form of Deborah Kerr, who says to Niven when he gets flirty: 'I don't want to be casual.' That's for sure. When Niven finally decides he wants to marry her, she becomes a Little Hitler in no time, bossing Jean around, stopping everyone having 'fun', and generally making herself odious with her control-freakery. This leads to a campaign to drive her out by Jean and Elsa, who has been unceremoniously dumped. Meanwhile, Kerr has fallen hard, and in a revealing shot in the harsh sun we even discover that her true complexion was rather gingery and freckly, something concealed in her other films. Tragedy is not long in coming, hence the 'tristesse'. This is a social document of the 1950s which people interested in knowing what things were once like should watch. The film is directed by a master, Preminger, and Jean Seberg 'makes it' entirely. She is so refreshing, natural, young, real. Poor Jean Seberg. By the age of 40 she was dead. But she left much to remember her by: no one who has seen 'Breathless' (1960) can ever forget her. This film too keeps her wonderful memory alive. Her best acting performance was probably in 'Lilith', but she does well enough here, wholly dominating the screen and acting circles round the old pros. Oh yes, and then there's the inside joke about Eveline Eyfel playing three identical sisters who act as the maid, which is an amusing touch. The Mediterranean sparkles in the sunshine, the pine trees along the beach are exuding their aroma, swim suits dry in minutes: come on in, the water's fine!

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