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Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Bonjour tristesse (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | February 1958 (USA)
Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Arthur Laurents (screenplay), Françoise Sagan (based on the novel by) (as Francoise Sagan)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Anne Larson
David Niven ... Raymond
Jean Seberg ... Cecile
Mylène Demongeot ... Elsa
Geoffrey Horne ... Philippe
Juliette Gréco ... Self
Walter Chiari ... Pablo
Martita Hunt ... Philippe's Mother
Roland Culver ... Mr. Lombard
Jean Kent ... Mrs. Helen Lombard
David Oxley ... Jacques
Elga Andersen ... Denise
Jeremy Burnham ... Hubert
Eveline Eyfel Eveline Eyfel ... Maid
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Cecile, decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Drama | Romance

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David Niven won the Best Actor Oscar the year "Bonjour Tristesse" was released, but not for this film. He won for "Separate Tables," which, at 15 minutes and 38 seconds of screen time, is the shortest Best Actor Oscar-winning performance of all time. See more »

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We hear the Band at c.6'50" and we see a clarinet-player performing, but the music has no clarinet part whatsoever included at that point in the soundtrack. Later, when the clarinet does eventually join the soundtrack, the fingering of the player bears absolutely no relation to the music actually being heard. See more »

Quotes

Philippe: I am confused. You know what I'd like to do?
Cecile: What?
Philippe: I'd like to go someplace alone with you and get very drunky-poo.
Cecile: Phillipe, you'll be a credit to your mother yet.
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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Bonjour Tristesse
Music by Georges Auric
English lyrics by Arthur Laurents
Sung by Juliette Gréco
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Dated, but Still Enjoyable
12 October 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the French Riviera, the spoiled and futile seventeen years old girl Cecile (Jean Seberg) is spending the summer vacation with her father, the widow playboy and bon-vivant Raymond (David Niven), and his girlfriend Elsa (Mylène Demongeot). Cecile has a serious Complex of Oedipus with her father, and they have a quite incestuous relationship. The successful designer and former friend of her mother Anne Larson (Deborah Kerr) arrives in their seaside house invited by Raymond to spend a couple of days with them, and the life of Cecile changes when Raymond proposes Anne to marry him. Full of jealous, Cecile plots with Elsa to separate Anne from Raymond.

"Bonjour Tristesse" is a film that became very dated, but it is still enjoyable, mostly because of Jean Seberg, who is amazingly perfect in her role, and the charming cast. The direction of Otto Preminger is very precise, as usual, using the black and white to picture the present and colors for the past. Jean Seberg, Debora Kerr and Mylène Demongeot are extremely beautiful and David Niven is great in the role of a silly millionaire with no other preoccupation but women and entertainment. In the present days, it can be clearly seem that the story shows, but does not emphasizes, an incestuous relationship between Cecile and Raymond. The costumes of Givenchy and the Cartier jewelries glitter the colored part of the movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Bom Dia Tristeza" ("Good Morning Sadness")


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Language:

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Release Date:

February 1958 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Wheel Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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