A Certain Smile (film)

A Certain Smile is a 1958 American drama film directed by Jean Negulesco, based on the book of the same name by Françoise Sagan.

A Certain Smile
Theatrical poster
Directed byJean Negulesco
Produced byHenry Ephron
Written byFrances Goodrich
Albert Hackett
Françoise Sagan
StarringRossano Brazzi
Joan Fontaine
Music byAlfred Newman
CinematographyMilton Krasner
Edited byLouis R. Loeffler
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • July 31, 1958 (1958-07-31)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$2.3 million[1]
Box office$1.3 million (US rentals)[2]


In Paris, beautiful Dominique Vallon is involved with a young man, Bertrand Griot, until suddenly entering into an unwise week-long romance with his wealthy and married uncle, Luc Ferrand.



Christine Carère was cast in the main role, although she didn't know any English at the time. She was brought to Hollywood and trained for ten months before filming.[3]


The film was nominated for three Academy Awards:[4]


  1. Solomon 1989, p. 251.
  2. Solomon 1989, p. 227.
  3. French Doll: Meet Christine Carere, a Tiny Bundle of Sheer Acting Talent / 'Mardi Gras' Is Next for Christine. Chicago Tribune archives, 15 June 1958, page 90
  4. "NY Times: A Certain Smile". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2008.


  • Solomon, Aubrey (1989). Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History. The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1.

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