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Otto Preminger’s sublimely melancholic masterpiece BONJOUR TRISTESSE is built around the arresting, one-of-a-kind screen presence of Jean Seberg, who brings a startling freshness and piercing emotional honesty to her portrayal of a possessive, hedonistic teenager determined to keep her playboy father to herself while on a doomed idyll on the French Riviera. According to Jean-Luc Godard, who cast Seberg opposite Jean-Paul Belmondo in his French New Wave landmark BREATHLESS, the character she plays in his film was conceived as a continuation of her role in BONJOUR TRISTESSE. As Godard himself put it, “I could have taken the last shot of Preminger’s film and started after dissolving to a title: ‘Three years later.’”