Bonjour Tristesse

Bonjour Tristesse

RVC Design, New York, New York, 2001

Description

Bonjour Tristesse is a classic novel; written more than 50 years ago; it was one of my mother’s favorite books. Redesigning a classic is always a problem.

In Otto Preminger’s movie of this book, the credits unfold over an image of Jean Seberg applying make up in front a vanity mirror. This image captures the essence of the novel. A girl discovers her sexuality and uses it to keep her father from remarrying and, in doing so, becomes cynical and unfulfilled. Saul Bass created a wonderful poster for the movie using the face of a young woman with a single tear falling. I just updated this image.

I am pleased with the spare nature of the cover —just type, parentheses and a teardrop.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2001
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
RVC Design
Designer
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Production coordinator
Michael Sibert
Trim size
5 x 7 inches
Quantity printed
8,000
Typeface
Helvetica Neue
Printer
Phoenix Color Corp.
Author
Françoise Sagan
Publisher
Ecco Press
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