Oscar Movies: Certain Smile, A (1957)

Directed by Jean Negulesco in a lavish style, this romantic melodrama, shot in CinemaScope, concerns a triangle of two young student lovers, Christne Carere and Bradford Dillman, and an older man (Italian Rossano Brazzi) who comes between them.

The screenplay by husband and wife team Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett is based on the novella by Francoise Saga, who also provided the literary source for the much better Preminger picture, “Bonjour Tristesse,”the following year.

Oscar Nominations: 3

Art Direction-Set Decoration

Song: A Certain Smile, music by Sammy Fain, lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

Costume Design: Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills


Oscar Awards:  None


Oscar Context:


All three Oscars, including Lerner and Loewe’s title song and Cecil Beaton’s Costume Design, went to “Gigi.”