Saturday, March 2, 2013
|6:30 p.m.||…And God Created Woman|
Roger Vadim (France, 1956)
Imported 35mm Print!
One of the most famous French films of the 1950s, Roger Vadim’s …And God Created Woman stars Brigitte Bardot as a blonde, sexually restless 18-year-old who flirts with a middle-aged shipyard owner (Curt Jurgens) before getting entangled with an older brother/younger brother pair (Christian Marquand and Jean-Louis Trintignant)—one of whom she marries before sleeping with the other. According to Georges Sadoul in Dictionary of Films: “This was Vadim’s first feature and he made a spectacularly successful debut by launching Brigitte Bardot in the U.S.A. . . . Though Vadim later fell prey to commercializing sexual themes, this first film of his has a special significance. It broke the stranglehold of the established producers in France who, awed by the film’s success, allowed the Nouvelle Vague breakthrough.”
• Written by Vadim and Raoul Levy. Photographed by Armand Thirard. With Brigitte Bardot, Curt Jurgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christian Marquand. (91 mins, In French with English subtitles, Color, ‘Scope, 35mm, From Institut Français)