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COME DANCE WITH ME: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Virginie (Brigitte Bardot) meets and marries the handsome dentist Hervé Dandieu (Henri Vidal), who she meets when he treats her wealthy industrialist father Albert Decauville-Lachenée (Noël Roquevert)'s toothache. After a lovers' tiff, Hervé meets dance teacher Anita Flores (Dawn Addams), who tricks him into a compromising situation. Blackmail follows. Believing he is cheating on her, Virginie follows Hervé to the dance school and finds him incriminated in a murder. As the police investigate, Virginie takes a job as dance instructress at the school enabling her to snoop around to prove her husband's innocence.

Review by Louise Keller:
A deliciously entertaining film with Brigitte Bardot at her bewitching best, Come Dance With Me begins as a romantic comedy before turning into an intriguing murder mystery. Bardot (aged 25) looks sensational throughout; there are few actors who can make dialling a number on a pay phone look interesting, but we are mesmerized as her eyes flash, lips pout and chest heaves with frustration. From sex kitten to spoilt bride to supportive wife, any way you look at her, Bardot's Virginie is irresistible. Gérard Oury's screenplay (based on Kelley Roos' novel) moves at great pace, keeping us guessing all the time with plenty of red herrings to put us off the scent.

It's love at first sight when Henri Vidal's dentist Hervé Dandieu meets Virginie but three months after their whirlwind wedding and a misunderstanding in which she walks out, Hervé is set up by Dawn Addams' seductive Anita Florès. Murder, blackmail, an inheritance and mambo lessons are the mainstay of the story in which we meet a strange assortment of characters including Philippe Nicaud's Daniel, who works part time at Le Fetiche Bleu, Anita's shady husband (Dario Moreno), his mistress Daisy (Maria Pacôme), an airline steward (Gérard Lalemand), the barman (Pascal Mazotti) and a midget. It's all fun and games as Virginie takes a job as a dance teacher at the murder site under the noses of the investigating police and starts an investigation of her own.

There are some priceless moments, including when Virginie tries to shove the midget into a small cupboard in a bid to determine whether or not he could have been hiding there. I especially like Henri Vidal (who tragically died of a heart attack shortly after the film was completed) as well as Noel Roquevert's Albert Decauville-Lachenée, Virginie's wealthy father who finds himself taking dance classes. The film is as light as a feather and plays like a comedy of errors.

Published July 31, 2008

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COME DANCE WITH ME: DVD (PG)
(France/Italy, 1959)

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CAST: Brigitte Bardot, Henri Vidal, Dawn Addams, Dario Moreno Georges Descrières, Serge Gainsbourg, Joyce Johnson, Maria Pacome

PRODUCER: Francis Cosne

DIRECTOR: Michel Boisrond

SCRIPT: Gérard Oury (novel by Kelley Roos)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Robert Lefebvre

EDITOR: Claudine Bouché

MUSIC: Henri Crolla ,[BREAK]André Hodeir

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jean André

RUNNING TIME: 91 minutes

PRESENTATION: 4 x 3

SPECIAL FEATURES: Photo gallery

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: July 1, 2008







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