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Crawley, Bébé: The Films of Brigitte Bardot.

Crawley, Tony.

Bébé: The Films of Brigitte Bardot.

London, LSP Books, 1975. 21.5 cm x 27.5 cm. Frontispiece.256 pages. Black and white illustrations. Original Softcover. Very good+ condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some minor wear to cover and spine. Minor discolouration to edges and endpaper. Otherwise clean, bright and binding strong.

Includes for example the following contents: Bibiliography: Bébé Doll: The fesses that launched a thousand strips / The Fiery Fifties: Vadimification / The Searing Sixties: Demystification / Filmography: Manina, la fille sans voile, 1952 (The Girl in the Bikini/ The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter) / Une Parisienne, 1957 / The Female / Babette Goes To War / Only For Love / Contempt / Masculine-Feminine / Spirits of the Dead / The Bear and The Doll / The Novices / The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful / The Light Across The Street / And God Created Woman / Love Is My Profession / A Very Private Affair etc.

″Brigitte Bardot is no creation- more a recreation. A state of mind, body and spirit. Her devastating image is time encapsulated forever. Like Garbo- yet more courageously; living dangerously in the staring public eye- Bardot is untouched by age or reason. No other woman has accomplished such revolutionary changes in style of films and indeed within all fashions and facets of global society as Bébé. She was at the vanguard of the brave new world of permissivity on-screen- even more so, off it. The world was slow in catching up with her lead, but match her it did. In a life crowded with events- and men- she has lived enough for ten, twenty women or more; outlasted, outclassed her so-called creator, outlived, outgrown her supposed scandals, and now attained a respectability that would have been considered risibly satiric in the 50’s. She succeeded as, clearly, herself…” (From cover notes)

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born 28 September 1934), often referred to by the initials B.B., is a French former actress and singer, and animal rights activist. Famous for portraying sexually emancipated personae with hedonistic lifestyles, she was one of the best known sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s. Although she withdrew from the entertainment industry in 1973, she remains a major popular culture icon

Born and raised in Paris, Bardot was an aspiring ballerina in her early life. She started her acting career in 1952. She achieved international recognition in 1957 for her role in the controversial And God Created Woman, and also caught the attention of French intellectuals. She was the subject of Simone de Beauvoir’s 1959 essay The Lolita Syndrome, which described her as a “locomotive of women’s history” and built upon existentialist themes to declare her the first and most liberated woman of post-war France. Bardot later starred in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris. For her role in Louis Malle’s 1965 film Viva Maria! she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress.

Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973. She had acted in 47 films, performed in several musicals and recorded more than 60 songs. She was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1985 but refused to accept it. After retiring, she became an animal rights activist. (Wikipedia)


Crawley, Bébé: The films of Brigitte Bardot.