Director Vadim's then-wife Brigitte Bardot plays an irresistible charmer with a
voracious sexual appetite. Itís not what she does but what she might do that drives
the three principal male characters (Curd Jurgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christian
Marquand) into an erotic frenzy. The film is historically significant for its willingness
to directly embrace an exploration of sex as well as its willingness to show a degree
of nudity that was remarkably daring for its day.
Vadim went on to marry Jane Fonda, among others, and regrettably remake this film in
1988 with Rebecca De Mornay. Bardot left filmmaking in 1973, becoming an outspoken
advocate of animal rights.
Post-film discussion led by Elliot Kirschbaum.
About the director Roger Vadim
About the life and film career of Brigitte Bardot
Other background on the film
A selection of reviews of the film