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Film Fest 2012 - Bonjour Tristesse

Film Fest 2012 - Bonjour Tristesse 


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FilmJunkieJake

Otto Preminger's 1958 Bonjour Tristesse was pretty excellent to see on the big Civic screen in all its Cinemascope-Technicolor glory. Beset as it is with more than a few moments of stilted delivery, and one of the more privileged set of protagonists on screen in NZFF 2012 (though some would rightly cite Salles' On The Road ensemble in this category) it is still hard to resist the film's campy charms tacked onto its dark-edged story. David Niven does most of the dramatic heavy lifting in the role of gadabout playboy father Raymond whilst fresh faced pre-Breathless Jean Seberg stumbles along amiably in his wake. The standout factor of Bonjour Tristesse is Preminger's ability to compose a shot. Be it a busy scene in the Parisian streets, the interior of a crowded casino, or the solitude of their holiday beach house Preminger creates a visual balance and cinematic flow that makes this film a treat to watch.

Mon July 30, 2012 11:09PM



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