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Jean Seberg, as her character, "Cecile," provides a voice-over narration to the different parts of the film. The scenes in Paris were shot in black and white, while the scenes on the Riviera were shot in color. According to an April 1955 Daily Variety news item, Otto Preminger bought the film and theatrical rights to Franois Sagan's novel from French producer Ray Ventura. Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about the film: In March and April of 1956, news items announced that S. N. Behrman was to write the screenplay and M-G-M would release the film. The extent of Behrman's contribution to the released film has not been determined, however.
According to a September 1956 Daily Variety news item, M-G-M considered producing a theatrical version of Sagan's novel as a preliminary to the filmed production. A Hollywood Reporter news item notes that in May 1956, Preminger was negotiating with Michele Morgan to star. In July 1956, Preminger conferred with Joe Wright about the production design and met with Etchika Choureau about playing the lead. September and October news items note that filming was done in Paris and St. Tropez, France and that interior scenes were filmed in London, England. A March 1958 article in Cosmopolitan noted that the villa scenes were filmed on location at Pointe de la Croisette, France.
According to materials contained in the film's file in the MPAA/PCA Collectioin at the AMPAS Library, the original summary of the novel submitted by M-G-M in March 1955 was rejected on the grounds that it portrayed "gross illicit sex without compensating moral values." Particularly objectionable was the fact that "Raymond's" relationship with his two mistresses was depicted as desirable. In June 1956, Preminger's revised version of the story was approved because the script exhibited "moral recognition" by ending with an air of penitence in which "Cecile" admits the error of her ways.