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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.


Lewis Gilbert


Howard Koch (screenplay), Rumer Godden (novel)




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


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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Between these mature lovers fell the shadow of a sixteen year old girl... See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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


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Let's keep hoping for a DVD release!
2 June 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

I'm surprised to find that this has not as yet been given a video release. More and more films from the various studios' archives are finding their way to a public that craves the kind of entertainment which was once much more available to those willing to attend a film in a theatrical setting, that is, films with a respect for adult sensibilities and without the tiniest nod to the sensation-seekers who crave explosions, mindless (and excruciatingly extended sequences of) violence and special effects which are, let's face it, beginning the inevitable downward spiral of diminishing returns. Really! Are any but those who refuse to refine their tastes in theater, films, etc., still impressed by the ever more astonishing demonstrations of the computer geniuses' craft and which are the reason that dozens and dozens of artisans make a closing credit roll-up almost as long as a typical film these days (and which precious few theater patrons will now sit through)?

I was able to see "Loss of Innocence" (its American release title) at a first-run theater in Beverly Hills, California and the print was absolutely pristine, doing full justice to Freddie Young's exceptionally fine work behind the Technicolor cameras. A projectionist of my acquaintance at the time told me that Columbia Pictures Corporation was especially particular about the condition and presentation of first-run films released by that studio, sending technicians frequently during first-run engagements of Columbia films to check on the condition of projection equipment, correcting any flaws that may have shown up in the reels, the proper masking of projected films according to the aspect ratio used in production, and so forth. I no longer live in southern California but I'm somewhat reluctant to believe that such care (and expense) is still lavished on films at first-run houses down there these days. It certainly doesn't appear to be true here in the Northwest.

Anyway, with the lovely scenery of its French countryside settings and two truly beautiful actresses (the exquisitely young English rose, Miss York, and that elegant flower of French womanhood, Madame Darrieux) to delight one's eyes, plus a delicately scripted story of more than unusual interest, this is a film I shall always remember as one of the most ravishing cinema-going experiences that I can recall. I join others who have commented on this site in hoping that we will one day be rewarded with a happy refreshing of our memories with a video release of this gem.

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English | French

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28 April 1961 (Ireland) See more »

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Champagne, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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