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      La Parisienne

      Released Jul 30, 1958 1h 25m Comedy List
      Reviews 17% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In this romantic comedy, Brigitte Laurier (Brigitte Bardot), the beautiful daughter of the French premier, falls for the womanizing Michel Legrand (Henri Vidal), one of her father's aides, and attempts to get him to settle down with her. When Michel can't curb his flirtations with other women, Brigette makes a play to seduce the married Prince Charles (Charles Boyer), resulting in an entertaining battle of the wills between the gorgeous girl of privilege and her beau. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This saucy comedy lacks the sophistication it needed. Rated: C+ Nov 20, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Male fantasy is turned up to 11 in this one. It's a sex farce that I confess to enjoying, despite the silliness and objectification, because dear god it's 1957, Brigitte Bardot is 23, and the film has such a fun French playfulness to it. As you might guess, the film revolves around Bardot, and she is in so many scenes designed to titillate that it's comical. Let's see, there's the buxom, lusty secretary wearing a tight sweater, the girl sneaking up to a hotel to start an affair with no strings attached, the bride taking off her gown and walking around in lingerie, and the disinterested woman who can be aroused to passion with kisses on the back of the neck. She's also in a low cut red evening dress, trying to seduce another man into an affair by getting down on her hands and knees, later takes a bath, lifting her legs skyward out of the tub, runs around in a towel, and presents breakfast in bed in a shirt and apron. The object of her affections is played by Henri Vidal, and the man she pursues to make him jealous is 58-year-old Charles Boyer. He jets her off to Nice for a swim, so we see her emerging from the sea in a bikini, then dancing seductively with him in a small café. Bardot is gorgeous and immortalized in this movie, even if it is over-the-top. I might have liked it even more for going all the way in its over-the-top-ness, if that makes any sense. There are countless shots which are just fantastic, including one in front of a set of mirrors, reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe in 'How to Marry a Millionaire". I did like the open acknowledgment of affairs, which is so very French, but how the film points out they have to be conducted in the right way, with sensitivity and decorum, and the jealousy that even then may arise. It's not high art, and it's definitely not politically correct, but ooh la la, this one is a guilty pleasure. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The young daughter of the French president falls for his advisor who is also a womaniser. To make him jealous, she plots an affair with a prince. Cheeky romantic comedy, more comedy than romantic, lacks charm and likeable characters but has its inspired witty and even seductive moments which mostly come from the icon Bardot. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Infidelity is not particularly funny, even when it's the French. Thin, insipid, and uninspiring. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this romantic comedy, Brigitte Laurier (Brigitte Bardot), the beautiful daughter of the French premier, falls for the womanizing Michel Legrand (Henri Vidal), one of her father's aides, and attempts to get him to settle down with her. When Michel can't curb his flirtations with other women, Brigette makes a play to seduce the married Prince Charles (Charles Boyer), resulting in an entertaining battle of the wills between the gorgeous girl of privilege and her beau.
      Director
      Michel Boisrond
      Producer
      Francis Cosne
      Screenwriter
      Annette Wademant, Jean Aurel
      Production Co
      Rizzoli Film, Les Films Ariane, CineTel Films, Filmsonor
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 30, 1958, Limited
      Runtime
      1h 25m