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Brigitte Bardot [Kindle Edition]

Barnett Singer
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Actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot had a stunning career in France and America in the mid-20th century. Since the 1970s, she has dedicated her life to the welfare and protection of animals, with much personal involvement. In this book the author makes the case that far from being just a pretty face or a spotlight grabber, Bardot was an accomplished actress and has always been an intelligent, sensitive individual. Chapters acquaint readers with her Paris childhood and her rebellious coming of age in a Catholic bourgeois family, who disapproved when she appeared on the cover of Elle magazine and was offered a screen test. The book examines her years in film (with careful analysis of her films) and also covers her tumultuous personal life, including suicide attempts, and the beginnings of her interest in animal protection. Final chapters detail her efforts in worldwide animal welfare activism, including the work of her own international foundation.


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"An interesting work of social analysis and modern history" --Contemporary Review

"Fun to read...engaging...pleasurable" --Eugen Weber, Joan Palevsky Professor of Modern European History, UCLA.

About the Author

Barnett Singer is an associate professor of history at Brock University in Catharines, Ontario.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5162 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0786425156
  • Publisher: McFarland; Reprint edition (February 25, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062CI0MA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very expensive for what it is January 15, 2009
By SK25
Format:Hardcover
At 44 dollars and listed as a hardback I was more than shocked when a book less than 200 pages arrived! Why on earth the publishers made this into a hardback is beyond me, for such a small book (without colour photos) it's a ridiculous format.

From the opening pages the writing struck me as appalling. Not only is the style annoying (it switches between trying to sound formal to writing in a somewhat immature, talky fashion) but there are grammatical errors everywhere (I'm not a stickler for grammar but the errors were really distracting!)- was this not even edited? What's worse is that the author apparently is a history lecturer at a university so one would expect something more insightful...

Whilst the author has researched Bardot's personal history very well, the writing and assessment of Bardot is terrible. The author also has no real understanding of cinema, which is obvious in his treatment of Godard's 'Contempt', and for someone writing about a film actress I think this is a real flaw.

All in all, a very disappointing book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sad Mistating of the Truth February 20, 2012
Format:Hardcover
I always hesitate to criticize a fellow author, and I do so now with some regret, but Singer's biography of Bardot completely mis-states my interaction with her. I did not simply show up one day at La Madrague with a rose. What's more, neither Mijanou nor Bernard d'Ormale... and certainly not me... twisted her arm to write the introduction of my book, Bardot - Two Lives. She did it on her own. She did it because she wanted to. Because we'd forged a friendship. Because she trusted me. And, to set the record straight, while friendships with Brigitte are always difficult, I have never violated her trust. I do not know where he got his information. If he'd asked me, I would have told him. But he failed to check with a primary source and, while I wish Singer well, he got this, and other parts of her story, very wrong. Alas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars! February 28, 2012
By zsazsa
Format:Hardcover
This excellent biography has done great justice to a wonderful woman who shares an affinity toward a cause that I also hold dear. Reading this work brings to light the circumstances of her often painful and chaotic life. I truly gained an appreciation for the strength of character and intensity of spirit that allowed her, when a lesser person might have easily been defeated by life, to channel the resulting energy into a compassion for those who have no voice and a drive to stand behind her convictions and take action by founding the Brigitte Bardot Foundation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Our generation January 30, 2012
By cook
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was so looking forward to this book as I had seen that Brigitte wrote her autobiography several years ago. It is nowhere to be found translated into English and my French does not extend to book reading... I am certain it's very interesting and funny and full of compassion for animals and all creatures.
But this biography is written in a boring and repetitive way, mainly explaining the many movies she played and such. I could hardly get through it. Very disappointing. I tried to find the German translation of Brigitte's autobiography because I had seen it in a book store in Germany.
I know her own story would be much better than this.
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