Adored not only as an actress but as a fashion icon, recording artist, and international sex-symbol, Brigitte Bardot's star image extends well beyond the big screen. She is still remembered for iconic roles ranging from her controversial portrayal of a sexually uninhibited young woman in Vadim's AND GOD CREATED WOMAN (1956) to her critically acclaimed performance as a disdainful wife in Godard's CONTEMPT (1963). RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA at the Cosford continues with a look at one of France's greatest icons: BRIGITTE BARDOT!
While some remember her only as a blonde bombshell-sex kitten, Bardot deserves recognition as a liberated female figure who paved the way for many pop culture idols that followed. She remains a deeply symbolic figure in her portrayal of the existentialist zeitgeist of postwar France: "a locomotive of women's history," according to Simone de Beauvoir. The Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies presents Bardot in COME DANCE WITH ME from the archive on Thursday March 28 as part of the OUT OF THE VAULT: EUROPEAN CULT CLASSICS series. Reception at 6:30PM, Introduction at 7PM, and Screening at 7:30PM.
The Cosford Cinema is thrilled to present three early, often overlooked, yet delectable Bardot comedies from the Norton Herrick Collection that shed light on her complex role in film history. On Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. Ricardo E. Zulueta, M.F.A. will discuss Bardot's significance and introduce a series of her 1950s comedies. Mr. Zulueta is a Ph.D. candidate and McKnight Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media.The series continues Thursday April 11 with a Bardot Double Feature - HER BRIDAL NIGHT and MADEMOISELLE STRIPTEASE.
The NORTON HERRICK CENTER FOR MOTION PICTURE STUDIES is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the history, aesthetics and social and cultural impact of motion picture media. Co-sponsered by the American Studies Program.