Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives the lush life with her rich playboy father Raymond, a widower. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa for a visit and ... See full summary »

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Arthur Laurents (screenplay), Françoise Sagan (based on the novel by) (as Francoise Sagan)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Anne Larson
David Niven ... Raymond
Jean Seberg ... Cecile
Mylène Demongeot ... Elsa
Geoffrey Horne ... Philippe
Juliette Gréco ... Self
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 Eveline Eyfel ... Maid
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Storyline

Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives the lush life with her rich playboy father Raymond, a widower. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa for a visit and gets more and more comfortable there, Cecile is afraid that her lifestyle will be altered, and sets out to make sure that it isn't. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The Parisian framing sequences are in black and white (printed on colour stock) while the majority of the film, told in flashback and set on the French Riviera, is in colour. 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

Cecile: It's getting out of control. I just wish I were a lot older or a lot younger.
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Soundtracks

Bonjour Tristesse
Music by Georges Auric
Lyrics by Arthur Laurents
Sung by Juliette Gréco
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Bonjour Tristesse
23 May 2000 | by Smalling-2See all my reviews

A good-for-nothing, unhappy high society girl recalls a summer when she destroyed the love of her rich playboy father and his respectable bride, because she was afraid of finishing their hedonistic lifestyle.

Well-acted, starry cast and very graciously made but, in atmosphere, oddly faithless adaptation of a sharply cynical novel, which tends to glamorize and ennoble its originally unlovable characters against luxurious backgrounds. It holds the interest, however, and the glossily colorful photography of the sunlit French Rivera in the past alternating with the bleakly black and white present, is particularly excellent.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bonjour Tristesse See more »

Filming Locations:

Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Wheel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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