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Plucking the Daisy (1957)

Daniel Gélin , Brigitte Bardot , Marc Allégret  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Daniel Gélin, Brigitte Bardot, Robert Hirsch, Jacques Dumesnil, Jacques Bouillaud
  • Directors: Marc Allégret
  • Writers: Marc Allégret, Roger Vadim, William Benjamin
  • Producers: Claude Ganz, Pierre Schwab, Raymond Eger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2C9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,911 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Plucking the Daisy" on IMDb

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  • New digital transfer
  • New & improved English subtitle translations

Editorial Reviews

Plucking the Daisy is just one of the two-dozen films of the 1950s that swiftly established Brigitte Bardot as the bold new model of female sexuality in post-war society. In the film, also known as Mademoiselle Striptease, Bardot plays the coquettish daughter of a stuffy French official. Finding herself in Paris at the center of several well-timed misunderstandings, BB's sexual high jinks culminate with an unforgettable performance in a striptease contest. Home Vision Entertainment is proud to present BB fans with this scintillating screwball romp in a stunning new digital transfer.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining wacky comedy June 16, 2002
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Format:VHS Tape
Plucking the Daisy is a zany comedy in black and white.
The cast of characters do a fine job. Bardot here looks so very young.This lady always seems to be a joy to watch especially in lighter fare such as this movie. While maybe not one of her sexier performances it is still one of her better overall performances.
Bardot plays the role of a 'good girl' and a rather atypical shy and modest one. She gets into trouble by her own doing and enters an amateur striptease contest to win some much needed cash to bail herself out of her predictament. While other contestants take it all off during the competition, Bardot bares very little at all but still manages to win the contest (first phase).
Other versions of this movie are called Madamoselle Striptease and Please Mr. Balzac. Plucking the Daisy is the film you want to see since it has been digitally restored and is in excellent condition.
While I can't put Plucking the Daisy high on my list of favorite Bardot movies it is nonetheless an eminently watchable and entertaining flick. Those who enjoy wacky type comedies should really enjoy this one.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epitome of striptease in all its restored glory August 8, 2002
I first saw this movie when I was ten and it began my lifelong fascination with striptease. But, I had only seen a version (probably trimmed for North America) featuring only partial strip, a version which was later released on video. When I saw the DVD version, my eyes popped out of my head : the contestants performing just before Bardot in the striptease contest were fully nude at the end of their act! It was so unbelievable and unexpected that at first I thought that it was fake, that the remaining clothes had been digitally edited out, but no! As I saw by comparing with the VHS version, those are really different takes on the same scene! And the quality of the transfer is top-notch, much better than on the VHS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Bardot comedy June 15, 2009
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DVD transfer is very good. The images are sharp and clear. This is a black and white picture in French with English subtittles.

Brigitte is wonderful as a runaway school girl gone to Paris to make her fortune. Her misadventures make the storyline but it's pure Bardot so her fans should enjoy this one. Oh yes, there is brief nudity but Brigitte keeps it on which is part of the story. She wins a striptease contest even though her modesty keeps her from "Plucking the Daisy" as the title (American) suggests. This film is about as funny as it can get for American audiences who have to read the subtitles.

Recommended to just about all audiences with a special nod to fans of Bardot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Bardot Charmer September 23, 2014
A screwball comedy in the vein of Billy Wilder, "Plucking the Daisy" is notable for giving Brigitte Bardot a role to play beyond her typical turns as a "sex kitten".

In this film, Bardot plays a young aspiring writer, Agnes Dumont, daughter of a conservative military general, and sister to an artist. Her artist brother has found a job as a guide for the 'Balzac Museum', and when Agnes leaves home by train to pursue her writing dreams, she joins her brother by breaking in to what she thinks is his "townhouse". Two playboy newspapermen who befriend Agnes on the train take turns trying to woo her when she becomes a fellow Parisian. The newspaperman (Daniel Gelin) and his photographer buddy play off each other sort of like Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon in "Some Like It Hot".

Bardot is demure in her role as writer and love interest, with her hair usually worn "up" and not cascading loosely. She looks a little like Nastassia Kinski, when Kinski first appeared on screen in the early 80's: coquettish, but innocent.

As the plot progresses, Bardot is forced to make amends for swapping a first edition of Balzac for cash, by earning some quick dough entering a striptease contest. Because of her shyness she wears a mask and assumes the persona of "Sophia", an Italian girl. Her newspaper buddies are assigned to cover the contest and the rakish Gelin also falls for "Sophia", not knowing she is really Agnes. When Agnes is forced to repeat her performance in her hometown by her "contract", the newspapermen follow her, thinking they will unmask "Sophia's" identity.

The hijinks are not up to the level of classic comedy, but the direction and the cinematography are crisp, and there is the added piquancy of the European frankness: when the stripteasers perform their routines, except for Bardot the clothes really do come off.

This film was also known as "Please Mr. Balzac", and "Madamoiselle Striptease".
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