Goodbye Again (1961)

120 mins | Romance | 29 June 1961

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writer:

Samuel Taylor

Producer:

Anatole Litvak

Cinematographer:

Armand Thirard

Editor:

Bert Bates

Production Designer:

Alexandre Trauner

Production Company:

Argus Productions
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HISTORY

Ingrid Bergman’s involvement with the picture was announced in the 9 Mar 1960 Var, which stated that an annotated version of Françoise Sagan’s 1959 novel, Aimez-vous Brahms?, upon which the film is based, would appear in that month’s issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Although the 25 May 1960 DV named Laurence Harvey as Bergman’s co-star, Yves Montand and Anthony Perkins were ultimately cast in the leading male roles.
       Principal photography began on 19 Sep 1960, and ended on 14 Dec 1960, as stated in the 30 Sep 1960 and 15 Dec 1960 issues of DV. Filming took place entirely in France. An article in the 8 Jan 1961 NYT listed the following locations: the Auberge de la Moutiere restaurant, the Pavillon Royal, and the Le Pré Catalon restaurant in Paris; and a casino in Deauville.
       Inge Morath served as still photographer. On a day that she had to undergo foot surgery, the 12 Oct 1960 DV stated that actor Yul Brynner filled in for her. Tom Wood acted as publicist and also was cast in a small role, the 14 Nov 1960 DV noted, and Françoise Sagan appeared in a cameo shot at a Paris bistro. Jean Bartel was also named as a cast member in the 16 Nov 1960 DV.
       Dory Langdon reportedly wrote three songs for the picture, including a title song, when the film was known by its working title, Aimez-vous Brahms? After the title change to Goodbye Again, the 23 Nov 1960 DV reported that Langdon had been asked to write a ... More Less

Ingrid Bergman’s involvement with the picture was announced in the 9 Mar 1960 Var, which stated that an annotated version of Françoise Sagan’s 1959 novel, Aimez-vous Brahms?, upon which the film is based, would appear in that month’s issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Although the 25 May 1960 DV named Laurence Harvey as Bergman’s co-star, Yves Montand and Anthony Perkins were ultimately cast in the leading male roles.
       Principal photography began on 19 Sep 1960, and ended on 14 Dec 1960, as stated in the 30 Sep 1960 and 15 Dec 1960 issues of DV. Filming took place entirely in France. An article in the 8 Jan 1961 NYT listed the following locations: the Auberge de la Moutiere restaurant, the Pavillon Royal, and the Le Pré Catalon restaurant in Paris; and a casino in Deauville.
       Inge Morath served as still photographer. On a day that she had to undergo foot surgery, the 12 Oct 1960 DV stated that actor Yul Brynner filled in for her. Tom Wood acted as publicist and also was cast in a small role, the 14 Nov 1960 DV noted, and Françoise Sagan appeared in a cameo shot at a Paris bistro. Jean Bartel was also named as a cast member in the 16 Nov 1960 DV.
       Dory Langdon reportedly wrote three songs for the picture, including a title song, when the film was known by its working title, Aimez-vous Brahms? After the title change to Goodbye Again, the 23 Nov 1960 DV reported that Langdon had been asked to write a new song by that name.
       Goodbye Again debuted on 16 May 1961 at the Cannes Film Festival, where Anthony Perkins won the award for Best Actor, as noted in the 19 May 1961 NYT. The U.S. opening followed in New York City on 29 Jun 1961. A reissue of the book coincided with the release, according to the 10 Jan 1962 Var, which stated that the Bantam reprint carried the book’s original title, not Goodbye Again. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
25 May 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
30 Sep 1960
p. 14.
Daily Variety
12 Oct 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
14 Nov 1960
p. 2.
Daily Variety
16 Nov 1960
p. 9.
Daily Variety
23 Nov 1960
p. 10.
Daily Variety
15 Dec 1960
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
15 Jul 1961
Section A, p. 6.
Los Angeles Times
21 Jul 1961
Section A, p. 11.
New York Times
8 Jan 1961
p. 7.
New York Times
19 May 1961
p. 23.
New York Times
11 Jun 1961
Section SM, p. 62.
New York Times
30 Jun 1961
p. 32.
Variety
9 Mar 1960
p. 14.
Variety
10 Jan 1962
p. 42.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Anatole Litvak Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Miss Bergman's gowns
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Aimez-vous Brahms? by Françoise Sagan (Paris, 1959).
MUSIC
Theme music based on Symphony no. 1 in C Minor, op. 68 and Symphony no. 3 in F Major, op. 90 by Johannes Brahms.
SONGS
"Goodbye Again," music by Georges Auric, music by Dory Langdon, sung by Diahann Carroll.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Aimez-vous Brahms?
Time on Her Hands
Release Date:
29 June 1961
Premiere Information:
Cannes Film Festival screening: 16 May 1961
New York opening: 29 June 1961
Los Angeles opening: 19 July 1961
Production Date:
19 September--14 December 1960
Copyright Claimant:
Argus Productions
Copyright Date:
29 June 1961
Copyright Number:
LP20644
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
120
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

For five years Paula Tessier, a forty-year-old Parisian interior decorator, has been the mistress of Roger Demarest, a philandering business executive. Though well aware of his numerous affairs with other women (all of whom he calls "Maisie"), Paula remains faithful, hoping that eventually Roger will marry her. Then one day she meets Philip Van der Besh, the twenty-five-year-old son of one of her wealthy American clients. When the young man becomes hopelessly enamored of her, Paula is at first embarrassed, but gradually she begins to respond to his love. Consequently, when Roger leaves on a business trip and refuses to take her along, Paula gives in to Philip's pleas and allows him to move into her apartment. Roger returns and reacts to the affair with anger, rather than show how deeply he has been hurt. He goes off with one woman after another, but he is unable to forget Paula and finally asks her to marry him. Delighted, Paula tries to break the news to Philip as gently as possible, but he runs tearfully from the apartment. Though Paula has at last become a wife, Roger continues his bachelor social ... +


For five years Paula Tessier, a forty-year-old Parisian interior decorator, has been the mistress of Roger Demarest, a philandering business executive. Though well aware of his numerous affairs with other women (all of whom he calls "Maisie"), Paula remains faithful, hoping that eventually Roger will marry her. Then one day she meets Philip Van der Besh, the twenty-five-year-old son of one of her wealthy American clients. When the young man becomes hopelessly enamored of her, Paula is at first embarrassed, but gradually she begins to respond to his love. Consequently, when Roger leaves on a business trip and refuses to take her along, Paula gives in to Philip's pleas and allows him to move into her apartment. Roger returns and reacts to the affair with anger, rather than show how deeply he has been hurt. He goes off with one woman after another, but he is unable to forget Paula and finally asks her to marry him. Delighted, Paula tries to break the news to Philip as gently as possible, but he runs tearfully from the apartment. Though Paula has at last become a wife, Roger continues his bachelor social life. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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