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Goodbye Again [VHS] (1961)

Ingrid Bergman , Yves Montand , Anatole Litvak  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins, Jessie Royce Landis, Pierre Dux
  • Directors: Anatole Litvak
  • Writers: Françoise Sagan, Samuel A. Taylor
  • Producers: Anatole Litvak
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: March 7, 1994
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302946557
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

In this adaptation of Françoise Sagan's best selling novel, Paula is a beautiful and highly successful 40-year-old businesswoman. She is deeply in love with Roger, her mature consort of five years. Roger is a very charming gallant who loves Paula but is too selfish to give up his freedom to be promiscuous. When Paula meets Phillip, the 24-year-old immature lawyer son of one of her rich clients, he falls hopelessly in love with the glamorous, sympathetic older woman and insists that the age difference will be no barrier to a romance. Paula resists the young man's persistent advances, but she finally succumbs when Roger initiates yet another affair with one of his young Maisies. An affair begins, and society does not approve.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Paris, with love April 29, 2004
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Put on your pjs, make the popcorn, and settle back for one superb chick-flick! Ingrid Bergman stars as a sophisticated Parisian who has had an "understanding" with Yves Montand for five years. The understanding is she's madly in love with and faithful to him; he's free to date other women and see her when it's convenient. Enter Anthony Perkins as a rich, spoiled young man who falls head over heels for Ingrid. She's flattered, but she's forty; should she stop waiting for Yves and start a relationship with this twenty-five year old?

This film whisks you away to another time in the movies, when ladies always wore gloves, men always wore suits or tuxedos, and everyone smoked (glamorously). It's hard to take your eyes off Ingrid Bergman. She is stunningly beautiful and a consummate actress. Your eyes, however, will most definitely be drawn to the gorgeous Mr. Montand, who plays the amorous cad with such aplomb. Anthony Perkins' character is a needy, immature, almost creepy stalker. It's an unusual performance. The film is based on Françoise Sagan's Aimez-vous Brahms? and the rich and romantic sounds of Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F add to the drama.

I heartily recommend Goodbye Again to those who enjoy films with romance, heartbreak, and beautiful music.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Again December 11, 1999
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Any fan of Ingrid Bergman and Brahms must own this video. This movie, set in Paris in the early `60s, was made solely to give Bergman a chance to let out all the stops and flaunt her incredible range. The depth of her vulnerability and strength will astonish you. Anthony Perkins is charming. Not only is the acting superb, the soundtrack (based on variations of a Brahms march) compliments the story perfectly.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated gem. September 17, 2002
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If you like movies about love, romance, and the pain of breaking up, then this one is for you. Ingrid Bergman is flawless in her role (and in her beauty). Anthony Perkins does a fine job, but at times he seems almost too silly. Better experts than myself will have to determine if that's just the character he plays or if it is his own personality peeking through. There is quite a contrast between his character and the one played by Yves Montand. Montand's is the ultimate in sophistication, rarely showing his vulnerable side. When he admits to having one-night stands with many other girls ("That's just the way I am"), and he sees the hurt it causes Bergman, you want to smack him.
The Bergman/Perkins romance is bittersweet. Once is it seen that it will not last, the pain they feel you can almost feel yourself.
This is an excellent film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is love? April 5, 2007
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Perkins captures the charm and passion of a young man trapped in his socially privileged circumstances who falls in love with a taken although unmarried older Ingrid Bergman, while the stunningly beautiful Bergman plays a confident woman who, deep inside, is desperate for her noncommittal beau's love (Yves Montand). A strong businesswoman by day, at night she craves his attention and weakens, accepting his indiscretions with floozies. She eventually succumbs to Perkin's charms as he courts her, for although a man much her junior, he gives her the love and attentions she craves from Montand.

We watch Bergman and Perkins play a dance of both truth and daydreams, and we question what is really possible, what is really felt, and, what is love?

This question is asked during a scene where Perkins' character is in a jazz bar and asks the signer, "what is love?" She replies in song, and unlike most films where I feel uneasy with the campy musical scenes, this is GOOD. (And who is she? Someone please leave a comment and let me know.) This one scene captures the feeling of the whole film- lovely, tragic, blue, above social mores, passionate feelings lurking beneath, truth coming out from the young but the hard truths lived by the more mature settled people.

At the film's conclusion we don't have a clear answer as to what love is, but we do know what it is not.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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I stumbled onto this movie the other night on TCM, and since it starred Ingrid Bergman (who I am eternally smitten) I decided that I had to watch it. What may to some be shrugged aside as nothing more than a well crafted `chick flick' actually turned itself into a beautifully pained look at the inevitable trap of age. It wasn't until the films final frame that it all hit me like a ton of bricks, the message so clear to me, that I had to watch the film all over again to fully appreciate all that I was being told.

`Goodbye Again' tells the story of a forty-year-old interior decorator named Paula Tessier living in Paris. She has been in a relationship with the very French Roger Demarest for five years, and while she loves him unconditionally he is far less than faithful to her love. Paula is constantly being cast aside by Roger for younger, more exciting fair, and she finds herself alone most nights. Then she meets the much younger Philip Van der Besh, a spoiled rich boy who happens to be the son of one of Paula's clients. He is immediately infatuated with her, but she is standoffish. He is much younger and she already spoken for, but when Roger continues to brush her off she begins to fall for Philip's persistence.

Of course, the relationship is not without its fair share of problems and detractors.

Like I said, from outward appearance this seems like yet another love story, but it is more than that, especially as it draws to its conclusion. Paula struggles to find her inner happiness amidst a society that has conditioned her to think one way. Sure, Philip is in love with her and his mother seems to be very happy with the idea of the two of them being an item, but her own preordained views on relationships leave her battling her heart and her head.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
I love this film. It is a remarkable one for me and I was looking for it a long time. Now I am happy to have it.
Published 10 months ago by Irina Pascu
5.0 out of 5 stars luv ingrid
ingrid bergman gives such a wonderful performance, grace, class, and style. she is in luv and her lover is a playboy but a younger man wants her attentions
Published 14 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars All about a man and a woman.
It is romantic and sentimental -yes. But it is also about many shades of love - young and passionate, older and reluctant, desperate, devoted.... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Marina Lambert
2.0 out of 5 stars There's no there there...
Part way through I found myself wondering why I was still watching the
movie. It was nice to see Ingrid Bergman 20 years after making
Casablanca, but I just couldn't care... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Everyone's_a_critic
3.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag
I love Ingrid Bergman movies - she always gives the perfect performance no matter what the character she is portraying or the quality of writing or direction. Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Philos
2.0 out of 5 stars Stodgy
I had never heard of this movie, settled in anticipating a treat, but was disappointed. Frustrating to see Ingrid Bergman as a successful businesswoman, stunning and living in... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by filmfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film not on DVD !
Fantastic film being shown this month in HD on the MGM channel- amazingly it has not been issued Region 1 USA on DVD yet.
Published on June 2, 2010 by vassel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Again!
This love story, initially called Aimez-vous Brahms (Do You Like Brahms?) contains all of the themes necessary to make it a continuous classic. Read more
Published on November 15, 2008 by The Continental
3.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect Relationships Explored with Gallic Ruefulness But Hamstrung...
It amazes me to find out that Anthony Perkins won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for his skittish, petulant performance as Philip, the aimless, lovestruck "younger man"... Read more
Published on April 5, 2008 by Ed Uyeshima
4.0 out of 5 stars middle aaged women and love
ingrid at her best in a very confusing situation . she has a long lived boyfrience of middle age sho sees young women on the side. Read more
Published on February 26, 2008 by Edith F. Hurwitz
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