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A Certain Smile (1958)

Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screenplay), Albert Hackett (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Rossano Brazzi ... Luc Ferrand
Joan Fontaine ... Françoise Ferrand
Bradford Dillman ... Bertrand Griot
Christine Carère ... Dominique Vallon (as Christine Carere)
Eduard Franz ... M. Vallon
Katherine Locke ... Mme. Vallon
Kathryn Givney ... Mme. Griot
Steven Geray ... Denis
Johnny Mathis ... Self
Trude Wyler Trude Wyler ... Mme. Denis
Sandy Livingston Sandy Livingston ... Catherine
Renate Hoy ... Mlle. Minot
Muzaffer Tema ... Pierre
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Storyline

Dominique, a law student at the Sorbonne, is engaged to a fellow classmate. Unfortunately, she's more attracted to his philandering Uncle Luc, who's married to the charming Francoise. Dominique and Luc begin a tawdry affair.

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Taglines:

A CERTAIN SMILE...That French girl's love-novel that shocked the world! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Una cierta sonrisa See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film of Bradford Dillman. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

A Certain Smile
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Johnny Mathis
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Pretty scenery and theme song
2 October 2006 | by hildacraneSee all my reviews

It has some beautiful scenery, and a very hummable theme song, but other than that it's not very effective. Director Negulesco did much better with the studio-bound "Best of Everything." One doesn't really care about any of these self-involved people (well, maybe a little for the Joan Fontaine character). Zero chemistry between supposed lovers Brazzi and Carrere. For some much better film adaptations of Francoise Sagan novels, try Bonjour Tristesse and Aimez Vous Brahms (in which Yves Montand plays the same compulsive-womanizer type as Brazzi in "Smile," but somewhat more compellingly). I have to admit that Sagan's characters in general are pretty boring to me.


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