Preminger came into Bonjour Tristesse with something to prove. His previous film, an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, had been a rare critical flop, with the teenage Seberg… singled out for the harshest criticism. Seberg did not have a lot of range or experience as an actor. What she did have, however, was an unvarnished presence; even if her line readings often sound flat, they never sound less than genuine. She was eminently filmable.
October 03, 2014