Cinema: The New Pictures, Jan. 20, 1958

Bonjour Tristesse (Preminger; Columbia). The thoughts of youth, in the case of 18-year-old French Novelist Franchise Sagan, were brief, decadent and commercial. Her first novel (TIME, Feb. 14, 1955) sold more than 600,000 copies in France and more than 1,625,000 in the U.S. At first the critics were amazed at the book's "maturity," but later many decided that the maturity was mostly just adultery. In this picture the adultery has been tastefully toned down. What is left is an old-fashioned story about incest.

The affair between father (David Niven) and daughter (Jean Seberg),...

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