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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 Katherine Locke ... Mme. Vallon
Kathryn Givney ... Mme. Griot
Steven Geray ... Denis
Johnny Mathis ... Himself
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:

Naughty, continental, eyebrow-raising and blushingly adult, 20th Century-Fox has brought Francoise Sagan's story of a 19-year old girl's love affair with a boy (and a married man) to the screen! See more »

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Drama

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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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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 You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.33 (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

A Certain Smile
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Johnny Mathis
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Exquisite young love learning about life and reality
31 May 2001 | by lora64See all my reviews

After one innocent kiss a bittersweet romance eventually blossoms so naturally between young Dominique (Christine Carere) and the easygoing charmer Luc (Rossano Brazzi), who also happens to be married to Francoise (Joan Fontaine).

There is a tug of war within Dominique as she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Luc as well as for young Bertrand who wants to marry her. Human nature being what it is, we can understand all too well what she goes through -- the hopes and dreams, the joys and sorrows that make up life's experiences -- all are a part of her growing up. However, there is a price to pay for gaining maturity but she comes through in the end.

Romantic music throughout sets the mood for many tender scenes as well as a few frolicking lighthearted ones. Early on Johnny Mathis sings "A Certain Smile" to perfection. Don't pass this one up if you are a Mathis fan.

Joan Fontaine is admirable in her portrayal of the loving, caring wife who must deal with a husband's waywardness. One fine actress!

This is Romance indeed with a very human touch.


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