Love Is My Profession

  • 1958
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The man considered to be one of France's all-time greatest actors (Gabin) nearly had to be brought to court to share the bill with the hottest and trendiest thing in film at the time, the voluptuous Bardot. At first filled with disgust at playing opposite a woman who used body movements as an excuse for acting (though he was probably more afraid that people...read more

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The man considered to be one of France's all-time greatest actors (Gabin) nearly had to be brought to court to share the bill with the hottest and trendiest thing in film at the time, the voluptuous Bardot. At first filled with disgust at playing opposite a woman who used body movements

as an excuse for acting (though he was probably more afraid that people would be coming to see Bardot instead of him), he found the girl a pleasure to work with. Gabin plays a highclass lawyer who defends street urchin Bardot in a robbery case. He gets her off the charge only to discover that she

has no money with which to pay him, so she offers the one thing that has helped her survive on the street, her body. This starts an affair between Bardot and Gabin which has the lawyer setting her up in an apartment while he attempts to maintain an outward appearance of the righteous husband.

Eventually, one of Bardot's boy friends becomes so jealous of Gabin that he kills Bardot. For 1958, Bardot was shown in poses that were considered quite risque, but by today's standards would hardly create a stir. This aspect of the film kept many viewers from realizing the underlying

psychological and social themes in the script, which presents a man who has been forced to live in a very strict and confining environment finally getting a chance to breathe a little. Bardot wasn't called on to add much depth to her character; nevertheless she is perfect in expressing the sexual

directness and easy morals the part required. (In French; English subtitles.)

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