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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


    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.

    Actors (26)

    Production and distribution (2)

    Executive Producers :

    Films Trocadéro, Fides, Orsay Films, Terra Film

    French distribution :

    Les Acacias

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Full credits (16)

    Executive Producers :

    Romain Pinès, Walter Rupp, Raymond Froment, Claude Ganz

    Adaptation :

    Bernard Eschassériaux, Serge Bourguignon

    Author of original work :

    Bernard Eschassériaux

    Director of Photography :

    Henri Decaë

    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

    Sound recordists :

    Robert Teisseire, Jean Nény

    Sound assistants :

    Robert Cambourakis, Jacques Gérardot

    Production Manager :

    Jacques Planté

    Assistant editors :

    Madeleine Bibollet, Pierre Fattori

    Production Designer :

    Bernard Evein

    Still Photographer :

    Helga Romanoff

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Childhood, Friendship

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    100% French

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    Runtime :

    1 h 50 min

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    Black & White

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    Posters (6)


    Selections (2)

    Academy Awards - 1964

    Academy Awards (United States, 1964)

    Selection (2)

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

    Oscar Nomination in the Best Musical Adaptation category : Maurice Jarre

    Academy Awards - 1963

    Academy Awards (United States, 1963)

    Selection (2)

    Oscar Nomination for Best Original Score : Maurice Jarre

    Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film


    Academy Awards - 1963

    Academy Awards (United States, 1963)


    Academy Award for Best Foreign Film