ⓘ Christine (1958 film)

                                     

ⓘ Christine (1958 film)

Christine is a 1958 French period drama film, based on the play Liebelei by Arthur Schnitzler. The film was directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit and the title character was played by Romy Schneider. The cast included Alain Delon as a young lieutenant.

Schnitzlers play had been filmed in 1933 by Max Ophuls as Liebelei, starring Romy Schneiders mother, Magda Schneider.

                                     

1. Synopsis

In 1906 Vienna, a young lieutenant Franz Alain Delon has an affair with a married baroness, Lena, but decides to put an end to it when he meets Christine Romy Schneider, a musicians daughter.

Christine is almost engaged to a composer, Binder. But she falls in love with Franz. Franz breaks it off with Lena but Lenas husband, the Baron Eggesdorf, has discovered about the affair.

While Christine and Franz plan their marriage the Baron challenges Franz to a duel. Franz is killed in the duel. Christine commits suicide.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Sophie Grimaldi as Mizzie
  • Jean Davy as Colonel
  • Romy Schneider as Christine Weiring
  • Micheline Presle as Baroness Lena
  • Jean-Claude Brialy as Theo Kaiser
  • François Chaumette as Wimmer
  • Fernand Ledoux as Weiring
  • Alain Delon as Franz Lobheiner
                                     

3. Production

Charles Spaak was reported as working on the screenplay.

At the time of filming, Schneider was one of the most popular stars in Europe, having enjoyed success starring in the Sissi film trilogy. Christine was an attempt to duplicate this, being aimed more at the French market.

Delon had only just begun his career when he was cast. He and Schneider began a romantic affair that continued on and off for a number of years.

                                     

4. Reception

The film was the seventeenth most popular film at the French box office in 1958. Before it was The Ten Commandments, Les Miserables, The Cranes Are Flying, Sissi – Fateful Years of an Empress, Young Sinners, Mon Oncle, The Young Lions, Girl and the River, The Possessors, The Law Is the Law, Sans famille, The Vikings, In Case of Adversity, Maigret Sets a Trap, The Cat, and The Mirror Has Two Faces.