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Bonjour Tristesse

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Otto Preminger directs David Niven, Jean Seberg, and Deborah Kerr in the drama Bonjour Tristesse, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This film has certainly never looked better on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but those who go to the movies and say "they don't make them like they used to" should certainly enjoy this ...
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Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg, Myl?ne Demongeot, Geoffrey Horne, Jean Kent, Roland Culver December 16, 2003 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 93 ... mins. Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1. Originally released: 1957. New. Factory sealed. Packed securely Read more Show Less

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Otto Preminger directs David Niven, Jean Seberg, and Deborah Kerr in the drama Bonjour Tristesse, which comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. This film has certainly never looked better on home video. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but those who go to the movies and say "they don't make them like they used to" should certainly enjoy this fine release.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Considered a fascinating study of decadence and possessiveness by some and soap operatic trash by others, Bonjour Tristesse is at the very least a stylishly-directed, gorgeously shot film that is immensely entertaining. Jean Seberg was generally dismissed by critics upon the film's release; it's true that she seems uncomfortable (and occasionally miscast) in many places, but her performance is actually more than satisfactory and occasionally shows glimpses of the talent that would reach fruition with Breathless. Much more fully realized performances are supplied by David Niven and Deborah Kerr. Kerr is quite good; if her performance is a trifle lacking in surprise and spontaneity, it still produces a feeling of warmth for the character that is essential to the film's success. Niven is in top form, oily and lecherous yet with the charm necessary to make his character's success believable. Preminger's use of color for the flashback sequences is less impressive than it was originally, but it does its job, and his sure hand is evident in practically every cunningly-composed widescreen frame. He is particularly adept at hinting at an incestuous relationship between Seberg and Niven without ever resolving the question, creating a tension that infuses the entire film. The film also makes wonderful use of its French Riviera locations and designer gowns, resulting in a sumptuous visual feast. Whether Tristesse's "message" is shallow or profound is a matter of debate and personal taste, but that message has been delivered in a gorgeously wrapped gift box.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2003
  • UPC: 043396085671
  • Original Release: 1957
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Portugais
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Deborah Kerr Anne Larsen
David Niven Raymond
Jean Seberg Cecile
Mylène Demongeot Elsa Mackenbourg
Geoffrey Horne Philippe
Jean Kent Mrs. Lombard
Roland Culver Mr. Lombard
Juliette Gréco Night Club Singer
Walter Chiari Pablo
Martita Hunt Philippe's Mother
David Oxley Jacques
Elga Andersen Denise
Jeremy Burnham Hubert Duclos
Tutte Lemkow Pierre Schube
Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director, Producer
Georges Auric Score Composer
Helga Cranston Editor
Hubert de Givenchy Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Furse Production Designer
David Hildyard Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
Red Law Sound/Sound Designer
Tutte Lemkow Choreography
Georges Peitot Set Decoration/Design
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
Ray Simm Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start
2. Cecile
3. Raymond
4. "Bonjour Tristesse"
5. Wicked People From Paris
6. Elsa Mackenbourg
7. Cecile Meets Philippe
8. "Company Is Coming"
9. Anne Larsen Arrives
10. Dancing in the Street
11. Giggly on Chinese Champagne
12. Lucky at Dice...
13. Unlucky at Love
14. Still Frightened [2:45]
15. "We'd Like to Get Married" [3:32]
16. The Wrong Impression [3:42]
17. Taking Sides [2:33]
18. A Mean Little Monster [1:38]
19. Baiting the Trap [3:44]
20. Cecile's Plan of Intrigue [6:11]
21. Hindu Philosophy [:45]
22. Anne the Moralist [3:04]
23. With the Lombards [2:45]
24. A Tramp in the Woods [2:07]
25. "Your Plan Worked!" [2:51]
26. Lost in the Woods [4:40]
27. A Magnificently Considerate Present [4:53]
28. The Punishment Fits the Crime [2:34]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Audio Set Up
      English
      Portuguese/Português
   Subtitles
      English
      Japanese
      French/Français
      Spanish/Español
      Portuguese/Português
      Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Trailers
      Bonjour Tristesse
      From Here to Eternity
      The Age of Innocence
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