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And God Created Woman (Widescreen)

Brigitte Bardot , Curd Jürgens , Roger Vadim    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The astounding success of Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman revolutionized the foreign film market and turned Brigitte Bardot into an international star. Bardot stars as Juliette, an 18-year-old orphan whose unbridled appetite for pleasure shakes up all of St. Tropez; her sweet but naïve husband Michel (Jean-Louis Trintignant) endures beatings, insults, and mambo in his attempts to tame her wild ways. Criterion presents this milestone of cinematic naughtiness in a stunning new 16x9 Eastmancolor transfer, supervised by the late director.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Although the movie's sensuality wouldn't raise an eyebrow nowadays, it's easy to see how audiences from the 50's would have been affected by Brigitte Bardot's sensuous form and how this movie revolutionized the foreign film market. A real delight to watch, wild-child Brigitte teases with her bouncy walk and her tight sweaters. And, yes, she can even act! In the role of Juliette, an incredibly beautiful orphaned young woman living in a seaside village, Brigitte keeps the delicate balance between the constant flirt (who's misunderstood as being the loosest girl in town) and the woman who yearns to have a "normal" married life despite her attraction to her brother-in-law. Contrary to popular belief and despite Juliette's regrettable infidelity, there's really no sex in this movie, unless you consider a one-time tush shot to be overly sexual. The DVD booklet mentions how some audiences originally misperceived this film's sexuality to be so bold that rampant gossip soon generated complaints about scenes that weren't even in the movie! The cinematography is breathtaking, with the Riviera beckoning you to move there...or at least visit for an extended period of time. The only aspect of the movie that is dated and very much out-of-sync with modern times is the attitude that men are superior to women and that, with proper discipline and control, women can be kept in line and "forced" to love their husbands.
The Criterion edition is, as always, fantastic. With director Vadim's approval prior to his passing away, the movie was restored to its original uncut version in a beautiful widescreen format. The digital tranfer is impressive and one of the extras on the disc illustrates the clean-up process and provides before-and-after comparisons.
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3.0 out of 5 stars BARDOT IS THE NAME Aug. 7 2000
After having seen so many movies during the last 25 years, I'm beginning to understand two or three things about cinema. For example, it's impossible to profess a passion for cinema if the movies you see are only masterpieces. Believe me or not, but I'm not able to watch three Fellini or Bergman's movies in a row without feeling a bit bored. I MUST cool down and refresh my neurones by watching a bad sci-fi movie or a John Wayne movie of the 50's ( he starred in a lot of very cheap films...).
Director Roger Vadim's AND GOD CREATED WOMAN is, in my opinion, one of these movies you cannot neglect if you truly love cinema. Not because Roger Vadim is an unknown genius but because of the actress who plays the main character : Brigitte Bardot. You simply have to possess one of her movies in your library and since only three or four movies starring BB have passed with success the test of time, AND GOD CREATED WOMAN could be your first choice.
But remember that Roger Vadim was not Billy Wilder and that the french Marilyn Monroe had to count solely on her sex-appeal to attract the audience. And it still works. Brigitte Bardot shot a lot of terrible movies, she was not, in my opinion, a good actress but she ignited the screen. She was a real Star. And I'm not ashamed to have this DVD in my library.
The copy presented by Criterion is simply perfect, a trailer and a restoration demonstration as bonus features, the choice between the standard and the widescreen version, and english subtitles.
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1.0 out of 5 stars If only it were an exploitation flick.... July 14 2003
I expected an exploitation flick, what with Bridgette Bardot being the Marilyn Monroe of French Cinema and all, and this film being so controversial at the time. But the director (or screenwriter) appears to have been unaware of Bardot's status as a sexpot. So, instead of Bardot's character being one who could arouse the dead, she is actually one who could send us to sleep. The movie is actually a serious drama. The screenwriter should at least have made her an interesting dramatic character.
In the film, she plays the hottest chick in the world who is also the obsession of every man in the world. As the title implies, she is the only "real" woman God ever created. But we learn nothing about her character. Sure she's attractive, but what else is it about her that is so appealing? Nor do we learn anything about the men fixated on her. Since the film is about men with a superficial attraction to this chick, then the film could at least have taken a superficial approach by being an exploitation flick, exploiting her beauty and sex-appeal, a la Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Visually pleasing movie Aug. 25 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
This is a visually pleasing movie. The color and cinematography are very good. There are lush green landscapes and brilliant blue seascapes. The acting by the cast is just fine. Even the lesser characters have some good lines. The script is comprehensible, mostly believable and even amusing at times.
The movie is sensual but not at all erotic by today's standards. In fact the famous movie still, a topview of a nude Bardot in bed covered by very little, which appeared in magazines at the time of the movie's U.S. release and which suggested a more erotic film is not in this 'uncut' version.
Bardot is simply a marvel and she gives a fine performance here. However, I didn't find this movie as good or as enjoyable as some of Bardot's better comedies, e.g., Une Parisienne and Viva Maria.
Overall a decent but not great movie.
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