21 Mar 2011
France, 1956 Directed: Roger Vadim. Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Louis Trintignant and Curd Jürgens.
And what an image it is! But nothing could be more suitable to sum up Roger Vadim‘s directoral debut Et Dieu… créa la femme (…And God Created Woman) This was also the debut of blonde, breton-bearing, bombshell Brigitte Bardot. I think her performance in this film just goes to show that she always had that “it” factor and that “va-va-voom” factor.
The film, like many of its time, is not particularly showy. The story is simple. In the paradisal backdrop of St. Tropez, the sexpot, Juliette (Bardot), loves one brother but chooses to marry his brother. Juliette passes much of her days moping in bed, being drooled over men, bicycling about in pencil skirts, or lounging outside naked.
Bardot looks ravishing throughout the film. Her outfits are ridiculously simple. She doesn’t bother with shoes let alone accessories.
Juliette’s outfits are complete classics, if somewhat specific to their scenery. Don’t you love those button down slips that can be pulled open on the beach? Or half and half? Her ruffled up do’s make me long for longer locks. *sigh* A perfect mix of elegance and casual cool.
Despite Bardot‘s lack of embellishment in costume, there is no denying how much sexuality she oozes on screen. This all explodes in the final (and my favourite!) scene with Bardot‘s infamous mambo performance.
I think her husband’s final shot says it all…