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NAUGHTY GIRL: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Singing star Jean Clery (Jean Bretonnière) performs nightly in a club run by Louis Dubrey (Marcel Charvey), and is newly engaged to his therapist Lili Rocher-Villedieu (Françoise Fabian). When forged currency is found in the club, the police suspect Paul Latour (Bernard Lancret), a friend of Jean's, and ask him to help track him down. Meanwhile, Paul asks Jean to keep an eye on his daughter Brigitte (Brigitte Bardot), who is attending a finishing school nearby and whom he expects the police to seek out. Jean takes Brigitte out of school and brings her home to his valet Jerome (Raymond Bussières) but things become more complicated than he expects.

Review by Louise Keller:
Roger Vadim wrote the story for this lightweight romantic comedy for his 22 year old, 19 inch waisted wife Brigitte Bardot, who had not as yet fully realised her sex-kitten status. Her hair was still brown and while she exuded plenty of charm, she was not as yet at her stunning peak. While Bardot's school girl Brigitte shares top billing with Jean Bretonnière, it is in fact Bretonnière who has more screen time as the nightclub star who rescues, befriends and falls in love with the seductive Bardot. The story is entertaining enough but lacks both substance and layered characterisations. It's a comedy of errors that does not rely on plot details (involving a crooks, cops, burlesque stars and a pretty, spoilt school girl acting out her fantasies), but grabs our attention by the crazy encounters and mix ups.

When Jean first sets his eyes on the leggy Brigitte (dancing in a school ballet class as a Greek maiden), she is obviously not the child in the old photograph her father Paul Latour (Bernard Lancret) had shown him. Taking her back to his apartment causes some confusion where his valet Jerome (Raymond Bussières) is concerned (these scenes are delicious), but Brigitte quickly charms him, as she does everyone else she meets (including Jerome's poker buddies and new acquaintances she meets in jail). Her presence causes Jean to make up a string of lies (she's his baby sister, his niece, etc) and very soon his jealous fiancée Lili (Francoise Fabian) gets wind of the fact that something fishy is going on. The scene when Jean tries to hide her presence when she is standing by the bedroom wearing his pyjamas, then a skimpy red towel, is one of the film's funniest - he suddenly sits down at the piano and starts to sing an improvised song with lyrics 'Go away, go away, don't ruin my life'. Another fun scene is when Brigitte joins the valet Jean and his poker buddies and beats them all.

In the dream/fantasy sequences Bardot wears a provocative pink mini Grecian outfit as she swings on the swing, surrounded by firemen, a ballet routine on a pirate ship, a bride sequence followed by a multi-coloured balloon routine, emulating the jail scene, which gives the appearance of a party more than a prison. The performances are all fine and although it is not one of the best Bardot comedies, there are plenty of vignettes that make this worth a look.

Published July 31, 2008

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NAUGHTY GIRL: DVD (M)
(France, 1956)

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CAST: Brigitte Bardot, Jean Bretonnière, Françoise Fabian, Mischa Auer, Michel Serrault, Jean Poiret, Jean Lefebvre

PRODUCER: Not credited

DIRECTOR: Michel Boisrond

SCRIPT: Roger Vadim (story by Jean Périne)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Joseph C. Brun

EDITOR: Jacques Mavel

MUSIC: Henri Crolla, René Denoncin, Hubert Rostaing

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jacques Chalvet

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Posters & photo gallery

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Universal Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: July 1, 2008







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