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Loss of Innocence (1961)

The Greengage Summer (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 April 1961 (Ireland)
Sensitive story of a British girl's awakening from childhood into life and love on vacation in France.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Howard Koch (screenplay), Rumer Godden (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Eliot
Danielle Darrieux ... Zisi
Susannah York ... Joss
Claude Nollier Claude Nollier ... Madame Corbet
Jane Asher ... Hester
Elizabeth Dear ... Vicky
Richard Williams Richard Williams ... Willmouse
David Saire David Saire ... Paul
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... Renard (as Raymond Gerome)
Maurice Denham ... Uncle William
André Maranne ... Monsieur Dufour (as Andre Maranne)
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Monsieur Prideaux (as Harold Kaskett)
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Monsieur Joubert (as Jacques Brunius)
Joy Shelton ... Mrs. Grey
Balbina Balbina ... Mauricette
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Storyline

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 teenager. As she returns 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, manager of the hotel where they are staying. Also lodging there is Madame Zizi's lover Eliot. Unaware of this situation, Joss becomes attracted to the 40-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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Photographed in the Green and Gold Champagne Country of France See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Although Rumer Godden had admired the earlier films made from her novels "Black Narcissus" and "The River", she was dissatisfied with this film, partly because the hotel was a grandiose chateau rather than the small French inn of her book, and partly because her title (retained for Britain) had been changed to "Loss Of Innocence" for the American market, and she found this new title vulgar. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: IN THE GREEN AND GOLD CHAMPAGNE COUNTRY OF FRANCE See more »

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A perfect film
6 July 2001 | by ralphsampsonSee all my reviews

Susannah York is magnificent as the young girl who must protect and nurture her siblings while being attacked by unfamiliar situations and coming-of-age. Kenneth More is magnificent as the suave thief with whom she gets enthralled. And Danielle Darrieux is a study in magnificence as the past-her-prime working girl resigned to her fate. The photography is luscious. And the dialogue is utterly realistic with witty repartee giving way to raw feelings. This is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 April 1961 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Loss of Innocence See more »

Filming Locations:

Champagne, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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