This week, in addition to the continuing Minnelli retrospective at the Cinematheque, Film Forum is showing 3 films by Otto Preminger over the weekend. The schedule is as follows:
Bonjour Tristesse (1958): Friday 6:20, Saturday 2:30, Sunday 8:30
Advise and Consent (1962): Fri 3:30, Sat 8:00, Sun 5:30
River of No Return (1953): Fri 8:30, Sat 6:00, Sun 3:30
A note on Bonjour Tristesse: this was the second of Preminger's two films with the actress Jean Seberg. Preminger discovered Seberg in a nationwide talent search/ publicity stunt for the lead in his film Saint Joan (1957). After the critical disaster of that film, Preminger cast Seberg in his next film, Bonjour Tristesse, possibly, as Mark Rappaport speculates in his great essay film From the Journals of Jean Seberg (1995), to disprove Seberg's critics. This film also was seen as a failure, but it did attract at least one critic, that being Jean-Luc Godard, who cast Seberg in his debut film the next year, Breathless (1959). Godard has even suggested that Seberg's character was based on the one she plays in this film. Bonjour Tristesse is also a favorite of Preminger fans, although don't go in looking for a great story.