Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

OTTO PREMINGER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1958.  Wheel Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Deborah Kerr plays the new love of lonely widower David Niven, who is confident about their new relationship except where his rebellious daughter () is concerned.  Seberg is too lost in her teen angst complications to allow her dad to be happy, and believes Kerr to be a reckless philanderer and so does everything in her power to ruin the affair. Diverting but ultimately unimportant, the film was made around the time Seberg abandoned Hollywood and made a bit of a career for herself in France (Breathless was only a year away). Lord love director Otto Preminger for still having faith in her, casting her in his films even after her debut in his production of Saint Joan was universally panned by film critics and audiences alike.

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