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Sundays and Cybele

Sundays and Cybele

A Feature film by Serge Bourguignon

Produced by Films Trocadéro, Fides, Orsay Films, Terra Film

Release in France : 23/11/1962

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Actors (26)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producers :

Films Trocadéro, Fides, Orsay Films, Terra Film

French distribution :

Les Acacias

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Pierre (Hardy Krüger) is a French Indochina War veteran who is consumed by guilt after having accidentally killed an innocent Vietnamese child when crash-landing his stricken plane. His nurse-girlfriend Madeleine (Nicole Courcel) lives with him on a low-key but potentially romantic basis. Pierre then sees Cybèle (Patricia Gozzi) in distress as she is being dropped off at a small orphanage by an obviously unloving father. Eventually, he pretends to be the girl's father, which allows her to get away from the locked orphanage, and he spends time with her every Sunday, for months. Both are lonely, childlike, and in need of a supportive friend.

A doctor, who has a romantic interest in the nurse, finds out about the ongoing relationship, and out of self-interest interprets Pierre's relationship with Cybèle as sexual. He passes his imagined conclusions on to the police, who also misread the intentions of the young man.

Pierre has nothing to give Cybèle for Christmas, so he takes up her earlier joking challenge to bring her the metal rooster on top of a Gothic church near the orphanage. Being a former pilot, he musters the nerve to climb the 300 foot steeple, and uses his knife as a tool to unscrew and bring down the rooster. He approaches the girl, carrying the metal rooster and his knife. However, at this point, the police arrive and shoot him dead to "protect" the child, whom they think is in danger.

Cybèle, who had fallen asleep waiting to meet Pierre for their Christmas together in the snow covered park's gazebo, is devastated by witnessing the pointless killing of her friend.

Full credits (16)

Executive Producers :

Romain Pinès, Walter Rupp, Raymond Froment, Claude Ganz

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Bernard Eschassériaux, Serge Bourguignon

Author of original work :

Bernard Eschassériaux

Sound recordists :

Robert Teisseire, Jean Nény

Camera Operator :

Robert Foucard

Editor :

Léonide Azar

Continuity supervisor :

Colette Crochot

Music Composer :

Maurice Jarre

Assistant directors :

Roberto Bodegas, Christian de Chalonge

Dialogue Writer :

Serge Bourguignon

Director of Photography :

Henri Decaë

Sound assistants :

Robert Cambourakis, Jacques Gérardot

Production Manager :

Jacques Planté

Assistant editors :

Madeleine Bibollet, Pierre Fattori

Production Designer :

Bernard Evein

Still Photographer :

Helga Romanoff

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Feature film

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Childhood, Friendship

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100% French

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1 h 50 min

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Posters (6)


Festival Selections (2)

Academy Awards - 1964

Academy Awards (United States, 1964)

Selection (2)

Oscar Nomination in the Best Musical Adaptation category : Maurice Jarre

Nomination for Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay : Serge Bourguignon, Antoine Tudal

Academy Awards - 1963

Academy Awards (United States, 1963)

Selection (2)

Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film

Oscar Nomination for Best Original Score : Maurice Jarre


Academy Awards - 1963

Academy Awards (United States, 1963)


Best Foreign Film