Other literary forms
A prolific novelist, Françoise Sagan (sah-GAHN) wrote many plays as well. These works, however, remain less well known in the United States than her novels, nearly all of which appeared in English translation very soon after their publication in France. The titles of Sagan’s plays, such as Château en Suède (pr., pb. 1960; castle in Sweden), Les Violons parfois (pr. 1961; sometimes violins), and La Robe mauve de Valentine (pr., pb. 1963; Valentine’s mauve dress), suggest the same themes of worldly love and disillusionment that are found in her novels.
In addition to the plays, Sagan wrote or collaborated on scripts for the films La Chamade (1969) and Le Bal du Comte d’Orgel (1970; the Count d’Orgel’s ball), which is based on the novel by Raymond Radiguet, and a television script, Le Sang doré des Borgia (1977; the golden blood of the Borgias). She wrote the scenario for the ballet Le Rendez-vous manqué (pr. 1958; the broken date) with Michel Magne, and she directed a film for which she wrote the screenplay, Les Fougères bleues (1977; the blue ferns). Like many of the characters in her novels, Sagan moved in a world of celebrities; her book of autobiographical fragments, Toxique (1964; English translation, 1964), was illustrated by Bernard Buffet. She collaborated with Federico Fellini on the text of Mirror of Venus (1966), with photographs by Wingate Paine. In addition, she wrote commentary on New York City, lyrics for Juliette Greco, and a book on one of the most famous of France’s “beautiful people,” Brigitte Bardot (1975; Brigitte Bardot: A Close-Up, 1976), with photographs by Ghislain Dussart.