30 mar. 2012

Brigitte Bardot, the beautiful sinner

Once upon a time film stars were perfect; not only didn't they have cosmetic imperfections but they were not shallow beauties, they had something very special. French cinematography had the privilege of owning the maximal female icon: Brigitte Bardot, perfection everywhere you saw.

One of her best performances was on the film 'En Cas de Malheur' by Claude Autant-Lara, released on September 1958. She is Yvette, a young thief who, in the company of a friend, hurts an old woman in her attempt of stealing.

She is defended by the famous attorney André Gobillot (French leading actor Jean Gabin), who receives in compensation the fondness of Yvette. He even separates from his wife Viviane (Edwige Feuillère) to life a passionate affair with Yvette, but he discovers that he shares her love with Mazzetti (Franco Interlenghi), Yvette's former lover.

The novel written by Georges Simenon becomes a dark film with memorable, even censored scenes that were removed. Brigitte Bardot's amazing face and body were something of another planet, and she was generous enough to let the world see it.

Director: Claude Autant-Lara
Script: Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost, Georges Simenon (novel)
Photo: Jacques Natteau
Music: René Cloërec
Cast: Jean Gabin (Maître André Gobillot), Brigitte Bardot (Yvette Maudet), Edwige Feuillère (Viviane Gobillot), Franco Interlenghi (Mazzetti), Julien Bertheau (Inspector), Nicole Berger (Jeanine), Mathilde Casadesus (Anna), Madeleine Barbulée (Bordenave), Jacques Clancy (Duret), Annick Allières (Noémie), Jean-Pierre Cassel (Trumpet player)
Country: France
Language: French
Runtime: 105 min; Black & White
Aka: In Case of Adversity, Love Is My Profession (English); En Caso de Desgracia, El Amor es mi Oficio (Spanish); La Ragazza del Peccato (Italian); Mit den Waffen einer Frau (German); Amar é Minha Profissão (Portuguese)