School for Love

School for Love (Futures Vedettes) is a French drama film from 1955, directed by Marc Allégret, written by Marc Allégret, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jean Marais. The scenario was based on a novel of Vicki Baum.[4]

School for Love
Directed byMarc Allégret
Produced byGilbert Cohen-Seat
Written byMarc Allégret
Roger Vadim
Based onEingang zur Bühne (The Entrance to the Stage)
1920 novel
by Vicki Baum[1]
StarringJean Marais
Brigitte Bardot
Music byJean Wiener
CinematographyRobert Juillard
Edited bySuzanne de Troeye
Régie du Film
Del Duca Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
26 April 1955 (France); 28 January (West Germany)
1960 (USA)[2]
Running time
96 minutes
Box office$7.1 million[3]

The film was known under the title "Joy of Living" or "School for Love" (USA), "Sweet Sixteen" (UK), "Reif auf jungen Blüten" (West Germany).


Tenor Eric Walter (Jean Marais) is a teacher at a conservatory of Vienna. He is separated from his wife, opera singer Marie (Denise Noël). He begins seeing one of the students, Sophie (Brigitte Bardot). Another student, Elisa (Isabelle Pia), becomes jealous at this.



It was filmed in locations: Franstudio, Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne.[5]


The film performed poorly at the French box office.[3] It had admissions in France of only 949,416.[6]


  1. Silverman, Lisa (2012-06-19). Becoming Austrians: Jews and Culture between the World Wars. ISBN 9780199794881.
  2. Stinson, Charles (3 June 1960). "Bardot (Clad) Studies Voice in New Film". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
  3. "Future Vendettes". Box Office Story.
  4. Futures vedettes (1955) at the Films de France
  5. School for Love on IMDb
  6. "Box Office Figures for Jean Marais films". Box Office Story.
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