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NYT: New DVDs, Brigitte Bardot

By Indiewire | Indiewire August 7, 2007 at 2:50AM

It's suggestive that Lionsgate has packaged this collection of five lesser-known films of Brigitte Bardot in the kind of squishy plastic case usually used for children's films. Like Ms. Bardot in her late-1950s and early-'60s prime, the case is inviting and delightful. The films in this Lionsgate collection are not among Ms. Bardot's most celebrated or successful works, but represent instead the kind of day-in, day-out work that movie stars were once obliged to pursue to keep their names before the public. If Americans know Ms. Bardot chiefly for "Contempt," Jean-Luc Godard's modernist masterpiece of 1963, the sad truth is that few of her other films are worth a second look. Dave Kehr reports.
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It's suggestive that Lionsgate has packaged this collection of five lesser-known films of Brigitte Bardot in the kind of squishy plastic case usually used for children's films. Like Ms. Bardot in her late-1950s and early-'60s prime, the case is inviting and delightful. The films in this Lionsgate collection are not among Ms. Bardot's most celebrated or successful works, but represent instead the kind of day-in, day-out work that movie stars were once obliged to pursue to keep their names before the public. If Americans know Ms. Bardot chiefly for "Contempt," Jean-Luc Godard's modernist masterpiece of 1963, the sad truth is that few of her other films are worth a second look. Dave Kehr reports.





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