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Loss of Innocence (1961)

The Greengage Summer (original title)
Sensitive story of a British girl's awakening from childhood into life and love on vacation in France.

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... Eliot
... Madame Zisi
... Joss Grey
Claude Nollier ... Madame Corbet
... Hester Grey
Elizabeth Dear ... Vicky Grey
Richard Williams ... Wilmouse Grey
David Saire ... Paul
Raymond Gérôme ... Inspector Renard
Maurice Denham ... Uncle William Bullock
André Maranne ... Monsieur Dufour
Harold Kasket ... Monsieur Prideaux (as Harold Kaskett)
Jacques B. Brunius ... Monsieur Joubert
... Mrs. Grey
Balbina ... Mauricette
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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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A Summer of Evil...And a Young Girl's Cruel Awakening! See more »

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28 April 1961 (Ireland)  »

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Kenneth More was asked by Lewis Gilbert to go on a diet before making the film in order that he be more believable as a romantic lead. The actor did so as he badly wanted to be in the movie. See more »

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a well-kept secret
22 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

In the early 1960s there were several movies that put a teen-aged girl into a moral dilemma that was difficult even for people three times her age. But the performances of Jill Haworth in "Exodus," Hayley Mills in "The Chalk Garden" and Merrie Spaeth and Tippy Walker in "The World of Henry Orient" are overshadowed by that of Susannah York in "The Greengage Summer" (1961).

York plays a responsible person who falls in love with a criminal -- a professional thief, played by Kenneth More, who finds her very attractive. She is sixteen, he is in his 40s. Without parents for the summe, she is in charge of her younger siblings; he is single and carefree. But there is no seduction here, from either party.

Susannah York's Joss trembles and blushes as someone ready to throw pride and morality to the wind in the name of love. Kenneth More's Eliot, initially a copy of Charles Boyer's Pepe in "Algiers" (1940), becomes genuinely awkward as he tries to understand her exuberance, and as he rediscovers a pre-criminal sense of honor within himself. The relationship of these two unlikely lovers is erotic, but without the smutty sex we now expect from such cinematic situations, and without the sermonizing or soft-focus slow motion that became fashionable for awhile a few years after this movie and those with a similar theme.

Realistic dialogue and lush background scenes are juxtaposed against embarrassing and unspoken emotions, making this film a haunting exposition.

Kevin Cisneros


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