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Loss of Innocence (1961)
"The Greengage Summer" (original title)

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The film tells the sensible story of a British girl who awakes from childhood on vacations in France finding life and love.

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Eliot
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Hester
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Vicky
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Wilmouse
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Maurice Denham ...
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Monsieur Joubert
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Mrs. Grey
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When she arrives in the French region of Champagne in the company of her mother, her two sisters and her brother, sixteen-year-old Joss Grey is still just a teen-ager. At the time of her return to England, she has become a woman... What has happened is that Mrs. Grey fell ill at the beginning of their stay and was sent to hospital leaving the foursome in the care of Madame Zizi, the manager of the hotel where they are staying. She has a lover, Eliot, who gets lodging there. Unaware of the bond between him and the proprietor, Joss develops the attraction to the forty-year-old man. Eliot is so friendly... Eliot is so handsome... A bit enigmatic perhaps, but so charming... Written by Guy Bellinger

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A Summer of Evil...And a Young Girl's Cruel Awakening!

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28 April 1961 (Ireland)  »

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Kenneth More was asked by Lewis Gilbert to go on a diet before making the film in order that he be more believable as a romantic lead. The actor did so as he badly wanted to be in the movie. See more »

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The Kind Of Film They Don't Make Anymore
10 June 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Greengage Summer (Loss Of Innocence, American release title) is a wonderful, nostalgic movie that I love to watch over and over again. How can you improve upon Kenneth More looking over at a blossoming Susannah York in one of her first films, tasting the perspiration on her face and saying sweetly: "Dew of Joss"? Sigh. So romantic!

The performances of all the children are first rate, and the actor who plays Paul is perfectly slimey for his part. You can almost smell him through the tv screen! In the novel by Rumer Godden I think there were two more children than in the movie, but who's counting? Best scenes: the French countryside, the sightseeing tour to the church, winery and the cafe, the dance scene at the hotel, and Eliot saying goodbye to Joss at the end. The movie also boasts rather gorgeous music that is available on CD. Check it out. I sounded out the main theme and play it on my piano quite often.

They just don't make films like this anymore, and if they tried to they would have the main characters in bed together in the first five minutes. Yuck. Give me yesterday, and understated romance over the tripe they call entertainment today.




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