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...And God Created Woman (The Criterion Collection) (1957)

Brigitte Bardot , Curd Jürgens , Roger Vadim  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jane Marken, Jean Tissier
  • Directors: Roger Vadim
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780023110
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "...And God Created Woman (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Restoration Demonstration
  • New widescreen digital transfer of the original uncut version, supervised and approved by director Roger Vadim and enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Editorial Reviews

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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75 of 76 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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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BARDOT IS THE NAME August 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Triad Edition is again the Incorrect Format February 24, 2009
From what I understand, Amazon insists that reviews include information about the PRODUCT. But some of these reviews gush on about the movie, slapping a 5-star rating on their review while going nowhere near what we really need to know about the quality of the disc itself. Details about the DVD are even more important now that Amazon has decided to stick all reviews for very different editions by both reputable and disreputable manufacturers, on the same page. So right now, reviews for the superior Criterion edition are mixed in with the Triad edition, which is an overpriced copy of something they've downloaded from public domain. How confusing. The reviews for the Triad edition are awash with giddy information -- click on the see-all-my-reviews links next to each review to see why -- while telling you nothing you really need to know about the DVD itself. Yes, we know Brigette Bardot is hot. Yes, we know this movie showcases the assets for which she is renowned. But what we're hunting for at this juncture is information about the quality of the DVD. How good of a transfer is it? What are the extra features? What's the source for the transfer? What does "enhanced" mean?

The glaring fact is, the Triad edition of this DVD is in the incorrect format for this movie. The original format is WIDESCREEN. You can check that out at IMDb. The Triad edition is the NTSC version for American TV broadcast, which means its source image, from wherever they got it, is a VIDEO TAPE. Aside from those shortcomings, it's dubbed, and this manufacturer provides no option to access multiple audio tracks for the original French. Whatever the program is they're using to "enhance" it, the process has the built-in limitations dictated by the source tape.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The birth of Bardot!
Based on some reviews and the overall premise/concept of the film, I kind of expected this to be trashy fun, and nothing more. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew Ellington
5.0 out of 5 stars a way to see Bardot in all of her splendor even with a dvd!
It doesn't matter what she is wearing or not; she looks fabulous and sexy. A realistic portrayal of the choices that a beautiful woman would have in real life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gavifrancoise
5.0 out of 5 stars A highly pleasurable film
I recommend this film for two reasons. The first is that Brigette Bardot is stunning and shows a true range of acting chops. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs more Lancia
I cannot fault the plot, etc., of the film, but only bought it after reading that a Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder was featured in the film and once saw a photo of Ms. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Lawrence R. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Sex Goddess
Roger Vadim discovered this Siren early. Another must have in any film buff's collection from Criterion. The quality of this version is excellent. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Eugene Hyon
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this really a CRITERION type film?
Yes...I think it is....although obviously the movie will not change the way you view the world.
Brigitte Bardot electrifies the screen whenever she appears. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gerard D. Launay
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple plot with gorgeous...uh, visuals
As a kid growing up, my mom usually had some magazines lying around, some of which had photos of movie stars of the day. One actress in particular caught my eye, Brigitte Bardot. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Oleson
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
It won't play because it is from Europe. I have had other people try it on their players and it didn't work either. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Justus White
5.0 out of 5 stars Her beauty is a dream
Back in the 90's America was high on BB, now today they only play a few Bardot's movies. I was just started getting into French movies. And God Created Woman blew me away. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Max-Hellmuth Ostermann
1.0 out of 5 stars Vadim creates BB
Et Dieu créa la femme ... (Roger Vadim, 1956, 95')

>>>Antoine promises to take the orphaned Juliette away from St Tropez after a party where she has wandered... Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by Dr René Codoni
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