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The Greengage Summer (1961)

Sensitive story of a British girl's awakening from childhood into life and love on vacation in France.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Howard Koch (screenplay), Rumer Godden (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Eliot
Danielle Darrieux ... Zisi
Susannah York ... Joss
Claude Nollier Claude Nollier ... Madame Corbet
Jane Asher ... Hester
Elizabeth Dear ... Vicky
Richard Williams Richard Williams ... Willmouse
David Saire David Saire ... Paul
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... Renard (as Raymond Gerome)
Maurice Denham ... Uncle William
André Maranne André Maranne ... Monsieur Dufour (as Andre Maranne)
Harold Kasket Harold Kasket ... Monsieur Prideaux (as Harold Kaskett)
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Monsieur Joubert (as Jacques Brunius)
Joy Shelton ... Mrs. Grey
Balbina Balbina ... Mauricette
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Storyline

When she arrives in the French region of Champagne in the company of her mother, her two sisters, and her brother, sixteen-year-old Joss Grey is still just a teenager. As she returns to England she has become a woman - What has happened is that Mrs. Grey fell ill at the beginning of their stay and was sent to hospital, leaving the foursome in the care of Madame Zizi, manager of the hotel where they are staying. Also lodging there is Madame Zizi's lover Eliot. Unaware of this situation, Joss becomes attracted to the 40-year- old man. Eliot is so friendly - Eliot is so handsome - A bit enigmatic perhaps, but so charming. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Photographed in the Green and Gold Champagne Country of France See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 April 1961 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

El fin de la inocencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Champagne, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: IN THE GREEN AND GOLD CHAMPAGNE COUNTRY OF FRANCE See more »

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Compellingly sensitive and well-acted film
18 August 2001 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

Susannah York is nothing short of sensational in her first starring assignment as the eldest sister in charge of two sibling during a summer "holiday" in France. She lets us into her heart and mind in a most disconcertingly yet effectively personal way. We learn with her the delicate balances needed between vulnerability, responsibility, and the dangers of reacting with protective cynicism.

Director Lewis Gilbert excels in showing lead characters battling with the difference between infatuation and love. The Greengage Summer, known here in the US as "A Loss of Innocence", may be his crowning achievement in this area. Kenneth More and Danielle Darrieux, two of the European cinemas very best, are extraordinary in their key supporting roles.

Don't miss this unique gem.


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