Cette Sacrée Gamine

Cette Sacrée Gamine

Director: Michel Boisrond

Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Jean Bretonniere, Jean Poiret

     
 

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For the international sex symbol that she became, Brigitte Bardot's early movies were surprisingly obscure in the United States. Mademoiselle Pigalle, better known in English as Naughty Girl, was one of her early vehicles that deserved to be better known. Yet up until the release of this DVD, it could only be seen in worn, faded prints that were croppedSee more details below

Overview

For the international sex symbol that she became, Brigitte Bardot's early movies were surprisingly obscure in the United States. Mademoiselle Pigalle, better known in English as Naughty Girl, was one of her early vehicles that deserved to be better known. Yet up until the release of this DVD, it could only be seen in worn, faded prints that were cropped at the sides and usually had bad subtitles. This DVD looks so good that it's practically a revelation. It captures the movie's original CinemaScope aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and the color is extraordinarily rich. That kind of workmanship is always welcome, but here it is essential because of a beautifully designed fantasy musical sequence in the second half, in which the male lead finds himself imagining Bardot's character in the center of a huge production number. The entire scene is a libidinous parody of American musical production numbers, focusing its satirical eye directly on a couple of sections of Vincente Minnelli's An American In Paris (one wonders if Minnelli ever saw this movie); the piece is so funny and so outrageously erotic that it's worth the price of the DVD. Moreover, the entire movie is good fun in a saucy, silly way. Bardot (then 22) plays the 17-year-old daughter of a Parisian nightclub owner suspected of forgery, who is sheltered by a friend of her father's, a young playboy/singer. The friend doesn't realize when he agrees to do the favor that the police are close on the girl's trail, or that the daughter in question is a blossoming young woman rather than a girl -- the joke being that she doesn't realize just how sexy and attractive she is either. She also tends to be a little accident-prone and between that and her innocent and unassuming nature, she disarms anyone around her. He has a difficult enough time explaining her to his long-suffering valet, much less his fiancée, a college professor (Madeleine Lambert, who would be pretty enough to compete in any company but Bardot's). And matters get very complicated when the real criminal gang, who've been using the nightclub as a drop, realize that the police are closing in. The screenplay, written by Roger Vadim, recalls such Hollywood vehicles as Susan Slept Here, but with more of a sexual edge. Bardot can't really act and is only a marginal dancer, but she is so funny and sexy that she's a delight to watch, and the movie touches so many bases in its libidinous imagery and parody of Hollywood conventions that it pleases the mind as well as the eye. The English subtitles are all readable, and the talent bios add to one's appreciation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/25/2000
UPC:
0013131106695
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:23:00

Special Features

Widescreen presentation [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Theatrical trailer; Talent bios; In French with optional English - subtiltes

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:11]
2. Jean Claurice's Show [3:07]
3. Dr. Lily's Psychoanalysis [2:01]
4. The Police Investigate Paul Latour [2:31]
5. "You Are Such an Old Hat My Dear Dad" [1:38]
6. Jean and Lily [1:47]
7. Brigitte Goes Back to College [1:09]
8. Paul Asks Jean for Help [4:25]
9. Jean Rescues Brigitte [10:31]
10. The Police Visit Jean [3:51]
11. The Fire [8:59]
12. The Poker Game [2:53]
13. Brigitte Gets Arrested [1:51]
14. Lily Finds Out About Brigitte [7:03]
15. Jean's Dream [7:26]
16. The Police Recognize Brigitte [1:27]
17. Missing Green Parrot [2:10]
18. The Briefcase [3:40]
19. Battle at the Mississippi [12:00]
20. Capturing the Gangsters [1:14]
21. Parental Advice/The End [1:06]

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