The Bear and the Doll

  • 1969
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

Because there are so few Brigitte Bardot films on DVD, this 1960-era piffle is a boon to cinephiles hoping to understand her overwhelming international stardom. French party girl Felicia (Bardot), a knock-out in designer couture, glides through life on a trail of broken hearts, supporting herself through assorted alimonies. She’s the kind of pretty dingbat...read more

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Because there are so few Brigitte Bardot films on DVD, this 1960-era piffle is a boon to cinephiles hoping to understand her overwhelming international stardom. French party girl Felicia (Bardot), a knock-out in designer couture, glides through life on a trail of broken hearts, supporting herself through assorted alimonies. She’s the kind of pretty dingbat who forgets where she's parked her sports car but always manages to find a ride home. While tooling through the Bourgesville countryside to finalize her latest divorce, Felicia nearly collides with a vehicle driven by straight-laced single cellist Gaspard (Jean-Pierre Cassel), who detests big city and prefers peaceful domestic harmony in the company of his nieces and nephew. And he seriously disapproves of the reckless Felicia, who has the nerve to blame him because she sent her car crashing into a wall. Unaccustomed to being ignored, Felicia seizes on the notion of an insurance settlement as a pretext for hounding Gaspard. He agrees to attends one of Felicia's jet set soirees before scampering back to the suburbs, but he has contempt for her sybaritic friends and isn't about to play lap dog — Gaspard resists luscious beauty, even after she storms into his provincial village and refuses to leave. Oo-la-la romance is in the air as Gaspard stands his chauvinist ground and Felicia — who finds herself charmed by Gaspard’s homey environment and ready-made family — bombards him with her full arsenal of seductive wiles. Can these diametrically opposed opposites ever admit they are soul-mates? Although this dubbed version of the film is smoothly professional, not hearing Bardot purr in her native tongue is a liability. Still, this stunningly photographed romantic comedy is bolstered by the chemistry of Cassel and Bardot, as well as its priceless snippets of sixties music and fashions.

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  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Because there are so few Brigitte Bardot films on DVD, this 1960-era piffle is a boon to cinephiles hoping to understand her overwhelming international stardom. French party girl Felicia (Bardot), a knock-out in designer couture, glides through life on a t… (more)

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