Her Bridal Night / La Mariee Est Trop Belle - (Russian Import - PAL DVD)
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NO ENGLISH SUBTITLES and AUDIO!!! Region free, Russian PAL DVD (not playable on standard US DVD players). Audio Tracks: original DD 2.0 FRENCH and DD 2.0 RUSSIAN. ATTENTION: PAL is European video standard which WILL NOT play on regular R1 DVD player (multisystem PAL/NTSC compatible DVD player required). Please, get familiar with all details about DVD video standards and region coding to prevent any misunderstandings............................................................ SYNOPSIS: Originally titled Mariee est trop belle, this Brigitte Bardot romp is better known as The Bride is Much Too Beautiful. Brigitte Bardot plays an innocent country lass who heads for Paris in hopes of becoming a model. This she does, not by posing in the nude but by showing off wedding frocks. Bardot falls in love with magazine editor Louis Jourdan, but he falls to respond until she takes drastic action-which means of course, removing most of her outer garments. Costar Micheline Presle isn't given much to do: this is Bardot's film all the way (in every sense of that phrase).
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Pert teen model "Chou-Chou" (Bardot) is secretly in love with fashion magazine editor Michel (Louis Jourdan), though must tread very carefully, as she suspects co-worker Judith (Micheline Presle) of also harbouring feelings for him. During a weekend photo shoot in the country, reality and fantasy blur when "Chou-Chou"'s male model partner walks off on the job, and Michel must replace him for a series of wedding photos. "Chou-Chou" goes overboard trying to keep her feelings under wraps as the situation dissolves into farce.
Pierre Gaspard-Huit directed this froth in the same year that Roger Vadim immortalised Bardot as the ultimate screen vixen in "...And God Created Woman". It's a thin piece of French pastry, and thankfully doesn't overstay it's welcome. The English dubbed version (which is, I believe, the only version of the film currently available on home video) is quite well-done with Louis Jourdan, at least, reprising his role.
The DVD from Laserlight/Delta Entertainment also includes a special introduction from Tony Curtis, plus the trailer for the 1965 Bardot/Jeanne Moreau film "Viva Maria!".
The script is quite well written. For example, when Bardot was asked by guy who admired her if she liked necklaces, she replied 'Not if there are strings attached'. While there is some narrative used for information purposes and to move the story along the movie is mostly dialogue and not narrative.
The musical score is quite good. One melody is very enchanting and invokes memories of the incomparable Unchained Melody.
The movie I saw was in black and white and dubbed in English. Despite these shortcomings, I found this movie quite charming.
However, filmmaker Pierre Gaspard-Huit did not understand that Bardot's image had been permanently altered, and cast her the same year of "And God Created Woman," in rather dull film, in which Bardot played an adorably naive and provincial girl metamorphosed into a cover girl on the lookout for her Prince Charming...
The hottest most provocative new bombshell had been woefully miscast as a blushing, sweet little thing, which was really "too much."
Luckily, 1957 began with "Une Parisienne," which saw Michel Boisrond, her friend and ally since the film "Cette Sacrée Gamine" assign her role of a dynamic and fun-loving woman...