Brigitte Bardot: And God Created Woman by Raymond Boyer
The Beauty of St Tropez Captured on Film
This round and voluptuous little French miss is put on spectacular display and is rather brazenly ogled from every allowable point of view. She is looked at in slacks and sweaters, in shorts and Bikini bathing suits. She wears a bedsheet on two or three occasions, and, once, she shows behind a thin screen in the nude. What's more, she moves herself in a fashion that fully accentuates her charms. She is undeniably a creation of superlative craftsmanship. But that's the extent of the transcendence, for there is nothing sublime about the script of this completely single-minded little picture, which is in color and Cinema-Scope. It is the work of Roger Vadim and Raoul J.
In fact, controversy has followed the actress around for much of her life. Even after she officially retired from filmmaking at the grand old age of 39, her comments about immigration and animal rights lobbying have ensured her name has never strayed too far from the front pages. Bardot had already been challenging stereotypes since she appeared on the cover of French Elle in With the role of Juliete, Bardot became a woman, her performance perhaps unintentionally capturing the raw and uncompromising sex appeal of male icons such as James Dean and Elvis Presley. Much of the hysteria around Juliete and indeed Bardot came from the promise of what she might do, rather than what she does. Everyone knows the stories — and the male interest she garners — but Juliete is unrepentant.
La Gendarmerie de St Tropez
She appeared in dozens of films over her career, including Contempt and Viva Maria! She has subsequently devoted her life to animal activism. - Though not her first film, it is widely recognized as the vehicle that launched Bardot into the public spotlight and immediately created her " sex kitten " persona, making her an overnight sensation.
She was the ultimate screen goddess, who gave it all up, dedicating herself to protecting animals for the past 46 years. Now, in a forthcoming memoir, Brigitte Bardot laments the destructive nature of celebrity, saying it suffocated her and robbed her of the ability to go anywhere without being approached by strangers, some of whom wanted to embrace and touch her. Now 84, she rose to fame after the success of films including And God Created Women. But in , at the height of her career, she left it all behind. When I said goodbye to this job, to this life of opulence and glitter, images and adoration, the quest to be desired, I was saving my life.
The town was relatively unknown and so was Bardot. The film took lots of shots of Bardot on the beach at Pampelonne a bay just south of the town itself. Legend has it that the film crew arrived, erected a shack on the beach as a restaurant etc. The world went crazy for her and for St Tropez and people began to flock to Pampelonne and Club Unusually, it still has the same reputation today. The A-Listers hang out at Club 55 every summer, tourists flock to Pampelonne Beach to soak up the glamour and St Tropez is still one of the coolest places on the planet. Plage de Pampelonne.