Olivia (film)

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Movie poster
Directed by Jacqueline Audry
Written by Pierre Laroche (screenplay)
Dorothy Bussy (novel)
Starring Edwige Feuillère
Simone Simon
Marie-Claire Olivia
Cinematography Christian Matras
Distributed by Filmsonor (France)
Arthur Davis Associates (USA)
Release dates
April 27, 1951 (France)
April 8, 1954 (USA)
Running time
88 minutes
Country France
Language French

Olivia (also known as Pit of Loneliness) is a 1951 French film directed by Jacqueline Audry, and based on the 1950 semi-autobiographical novel by Dorothy Bussy.[1] It has been called a "landmark of lesbian representation".[2]


Olivia arrives at a finishing school and falls in love with headmistress Mlle. Julie. Mlle. Julie feels the same, but tries to suppress her desire.[3]



For her part as Mlle. Julie, Edwige Feuillère was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Foreign Actress in 1952.[4]


  1. ^ Kedward, Harry Roderick; Nancy Wood (1995). The Liberation of France: Image and Event. Berg Publishers. p. 105. ISBN 1-85973-087-6. 
  2. ^ Mayne, Judith (2000). Framed: Lesbians, Feminists, and Media Culture. University of Minnesota Press. pp. xix. ISBN 0-8166-3456-4. 
  3. ^ Darren, Alison (2000). Lesbian Film Guide. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 156. ISBN 0-304-33376-X. 
  4. ^ "Film Nominations 1952". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 

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