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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 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

Certificate:

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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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Several years after Kenneth More's death, both Lewis Gilbert and Susannah York said in interviews that More had been miscast in this film and that Dirk Bogarde would have been better in the role. See more »

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

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An exquisite film...
9 April 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Susannah York is astonishingly good as a sixteen-year old British girl, traveling through France with her mother and three younger siblings, who falls in love for the first time with a handsome, older man (Kenneth More) who is harboring a guilty secret. The kids, who are left temporarily without their mum after she takes sick, arrive at their hotel in France's Champagne Country to an ill-wind: the two lesbian women who run the extravagant spread do not permit children, but one of the ladies is also involved with More and he takes the family under his wing. The complex relationship between the women, business partners who appear to have a great deal of history together, is handled without high drama (indeed, Howard Koch's writing is so subtle that the depth of these characters may elude many viewers). The kids get to stay, and everyone falls in love with dashing More, but with crystal-eyed Susannah there's bound to be heartbreak--and in that heartbreak, jealousy and a child's vindictiveness. A fully thought-out and realized film, adapted from Rumer Godden's novel, and played out amongst a gorgeous backdrop. The movie has a precocious nature and a wise child's sensibility--very little of the drama is hammered out for us--and the tone of the picture is kept dreamy-romantic. It is exceptionally well-performed (by the principals as well as by the children cast as York's siblings), with a sensitive direction ably steering the complicated narrative to its poetic finish. Beautiful, sad, enveloping, wistful; it's a perfect example of how a movie can be capable of absorbing its audience in much the same way a good book can enrapture its reader. A winner! ***1/2 from ****


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