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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Deneuve, Bardot Defend Depardieu

Pour toute la belle femme que j'aie jamais connu

by Clifford F. Thies

Two of the most beautiful women of their day, the "ice maiden" Catherine Denevue and the "sex kitten" Brigitte Bardot, each a legend of French cinema, have come to the defense of their colleague GĂ©rard Depardieu, who has left France for more tax-friendly Belgium following the enactment of confiscatory taxes by the Hollande government. Bardot, the first real life "Marianne," the symbol of the Republic, said an actor who attacked Depardieu should "keep his venom, his vulgarity, his mediocrity and his jealousy to insult someone worthy of the bother." Denevue, the third real life "Marianne," said that actor's attack on Depardieu was based on "anger" and "pettiness."

Bardot's career was catapulted to fame with "And God Created Woman," in 1956. The film portrayed a young woman who was comfortable with her sensuality and was sexually aggressive, hence "sex kitten." The film was very much part of the sexual revolution and the women's liberation movement of the time. Being the very persona of women's liberation, Bardot, in retirement, has become a critic of the Islamization of France, and supported Marine Le Pen in the most recent election.

Denevue came to be known as the "ice maiden" because of several films in which she portrayed a beautiful but emotionally distant girl. Here, in America, she is perhaps best known as the Chanel No. 5 woman, whose sales soared when she was featured in the perfume's promotions during the 1970s. Here is one of those commercials, one that combines her beautiful looks and voice with a hint of her "ice maiden" persona:
Photo h/t BastiatInstitute

1 comment:

Carlos Echevarria said...

Both of them were/are stunning, in terms of their looks and grace.

Like you denoted, Bardot is a life long supporter of National Front, and a major advocate of animal rights/protection.