C’est Seberg

C’est Seberg

2 Episodes

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.’”

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C’est Seberg
  • Bonjour tristesse

    Episode 1

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1958 • United Kingdom
    Starring Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Jean Seberg

    Otto Preminger’s second collaboration with the singular Jean Seberg casts her as Cecile, a hedonistic teenager living on the French Riviera with her similarly decadent father Raymond (David Niven),...

  • Breathless

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jean-Luc Godard • France • 1960
    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger

    There was before BREATHLESS, and there was after BREATHLESS. Jean-Luc Godard burst onto the film scene in 1960 with this jazzy, free-form, and sexy homage to the American film genres that inspi...