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La Vérité

Brigitte Bardot gives her greatest performance in Clouzot’s bitter drama about a free-spirited young woman in a fraught relationship in late 1950s Left Bank Paris.

Credits

Dir Henri-Georges Clouzot
Prod Roger Debelmas, Raoul Lévy
Scr Henri-Georges Clouzot, Simone Drieu, Michèle Perrein, Jérôme Géronimi, Christiane Rochefort, Véra Clouzot
With Brigitte Bardot, Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel
France-Italy
1960
127min
UK Distribution Park Circus Limited

Clouzot’s sharp dissection of a young woman’s trial for murder gave Bardot her finest role; she responded superbly. The attorneys offer different takes on what led the impulsive Dominique to kill. But flashbacks depicting her flight from oppressive parents to a wayward life on Paris’ Left Bank reveal a more complex reality, including her passionate but ill-matched relationship with Gilbert (Sami Frey), a young conductor and her sister’s ex-boyfriend. Clouzot’s cool, measured direction implies that nobody in this moral quagmire – least of all the judiciary – should be let off the hook... though all have their reasons, however self-centred. Acerbic and unsentimental, this bleak, blistering exploration of love’s darker side improves with age.

Geoff Andrew

Short film

Paparazzi

Dir Jacques Rozier. France 1965. 18min

Godard and Bardot meet the paparazzi during the making of Le Mépris in this playful short.

Additional information

La Vérité is restored in 4K by Sony Pictures Entertainment in partnership with The Film Foundation and RT Features. Paparazzi was scanned in 4K and restored in 2K by J. Rozier and La Cinémathèque française with the support of CNC, Cinémathèque Suisse, Archives audiovisuelles de Monaco and Exterieur Nuit at Hiventy lab.

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