Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger, 1958): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.30pm
Preminger's marvellous example of Hollywood cinema's golden age has
been wonderfully restored and can be seen tonight and also on Saturday October 13 at Hackney Picturehouse.
I wrote a feature about the film and its star, Jean Seberg, for the Guardian and will help introduce the film before the screening tonight.
56th LONDON FILM FESTIVAL (10-21 October 2012) DAY 3
day (from October 10 to October 21) I will be selecting the London
Film Festival choices you have a chance to get tickets for and the
movies you are unlikely to see in
London very soon unless you go to see them at the Festival. Here
is the LFF's main website for the general information you need. Don't
worry if some of the recommended films are sold out by the time you read this as there are always
some tickets on offer which go on sale 30 minutes before each
screening. Here is the information you need to get those standby tickets.
Chicago Reader review:
'Jean-Luc Godard conceived Jean Seberg's character in Breathless
as an extension of her role in this 1958 Otto Preminger film: the
restless teenage daughter of a bored, decaying playboy (David Niven),
she tries to undermine what might be her father's last chance for
happiness, a romance with an Englishwoman (Deborah Kerr). Arguably, this
is Preminger's masterpiece: working with a soapy script by Arthur
Laurents (by way of Francoise Sagan's novel), Preminger turns the
melodrama into a meditation on motives and their ultimate unknowability.
Long takes and balanced 'Scope compositions are used to bind the
characters together; Preminger uses the wide screen not to expand the
spectacle, but to narrow and intensify the drama. With Mylene Demongeot,
Geoffrey Horne, and Juliette Greco; photographed in Technicolor (apart
from a black-and-white prologue and epilogue), mainly on the Riviera, by
Here is an extract.