...And God Created Woman

...And God Created Woman

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Director: Roger Vadim

Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jurgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant

     
 

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Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a demonstration of the restoration process that helped save the film, and the originalSee more details below

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Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a demonstration of the restoration process that helped save the film, and the original theatrical trailer. Although there are few extras, the quality of the sound and picture on this release continue to show why Criterion is one of the best names in DVD.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
It's easy enough to say that ...And God Created Woman is much more important for its historical significance than for its actual quality as a film, and that's true to an extent. Woman's immense popularity, due to 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, demonstrated that audiences were willing to view subject matter that was considered too racy for the average moviegoer. This had both positive (freedom to explore, especially for the French filmmakers of the time) and negative (freedom to exploit) consequences, but its impact is undeniable. It's also true that Woman is not a great work of art, not with a story that is ultimately rather thin, some painful dialogue, and an attitude toward its characters and their sexuality that is unclear and inconsistent. Yet Woman is still fascinating, due in no small part to the presence of Brigitte Bardot in the role that made her an international star and sex symbol. She's not demonstrating great acting here, although her performance is actually good and much better than necessary, and her legendary mambo scene at the climax is nothing short of sensational. But acting aside, Bardot's presence, sensuality and persona simply enthrall; it is in some ways screen acting at its most elemental. Director Roger Vadim and cinematographer Armand Thirard have also given Woman a stunning visual appeal. Vadim's work always is more impressive for what it says by the way it looks than for what it says with its words, and this is especially true here. Woman has many flaws, including an ultimately reactionary take on sexual liberation, but it is on its own terms a fascinating movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
UPC:
0037429147825
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
1,392

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brigitte Bardot Juliete Hardy
Curd Jurgens Eric Carradine
Jean-Louis Trintignant Michel Tardieu
Jane Marken [Jeanne] Mme. Morin
Isabelle Corey Lucienne
Georges Poujouly Christian Tardieu
Christian Marquand Antoine Tardieu
Jean Tuscano Rene
Paul Faivre M. Morin
Leopoldo Frances Dancer
Marie Glory Mme. Tardieu
Philippe Grenier Perri
Jean Lefebvre René
Jean Tissier M. Vigier-Lefranc
Jacqueline Ventura Mme. Vigier-Lefranc

Technical Credits
Roger Vadim Director,Screenwriter
Jean André Art Director
Raoul J. Lévy Producer,Screenwriter
Victoria Mercanton Editor
Paul Misraki Score Composer
Armand Thirard Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Logos/ Opening Titles [:15]
2. The Forbidden Fruit [2:21]
3. Flat Tire [3:22]
4. Carradine's Proposal [4:11]
5. At the Dance [2:01]
6. A Surprise Visit [4:47]
7. Left at the Crossroads [6:17]
8. How to Save Juliette [2:57]
9. "She Needs to Be Tamed" [5:16]
10. The Wedding [3:48]
11. Taking Care of Michel [4:11]
12. "Marriage is Not a Convent" [3:31]
13. Working at Being Happy [2:03]
14. The Deal Is Made [5:50]
15. Woman With a Gun [7:03]
16. Good Judgement [2:21]
17. Danger at Sea [4:24]
18. "Maybe I wanted a Friend" [5:53]
19. Brother Against Brother [4:55]
20. In a Frenzy [6:11]
21. Destroyer of Men [7:08]

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