Museum of Human Achievement
"...Directed by: Roger Vadim. Starring: Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Anita Pallenberg, Milo O’Shea, Marcel Marceau and David Hemmings..."
"...She had already made 16 films. Her seventeenth made her a star." So boasts the film's director, Roger Vadim (1928-2000), in Bardot Deneuve Fonda, subtitled "My Life With the Three Most Beautiful Women in the World." That same year, 1956, God's Parisian bombshell also starred in Plucking the Daisy (En Effeuillant la Marguerite), scripted by Vadim..."
"...Falling somewhere between the horrors of Three … Extremes and the beauties of Eros, this triptych of short films set in and underscored by the titular megalopolis is a gorgeous, sprawling mess. If I had to compare it to anything – a challenging task – I'd say it was closest to 1968's Spirits of the Dead, which united Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, and Roger Vadim under the guise of creating a film homage to Edgar Allan Poe..."
"...With the producer crying in one ear for an end to the troubled production and his kittenish lead purring in the other, Paul is wracked with doubt (his reveries take the form of a chorus of Cahiers du Cinema critics shouting things like, “Do you theenk you're being clayvar?!”), and hamstrung by romantic pressures both on and off the set. But that's just the film's thinnish plot, which serves as a framework from which Coppola dangles far more memorable images and ideas, many of which reference the great Nouvelle Vague filmmakers of the day and others, from Godard to Truffaut, and Roger Vadim to Mario Bava (Dragonfly takes not only Barbarella as its template but also Bava's terrific Danger: Diabolik and a host of Sixties Euro-spy flicks)..."
"...D: Roger Vadim; with Jane Fonda, John Philip Law, Anita Pallenberg. (R, widescreen, new print)..."
"...Hopkin had first seen Roger Vadim's 1968 film when she was in college and loved "how silly it was, as well as weird and sexy." How could it not be with a mad scientist (named Durand Durand), a blind but very buff angel, flesh-eating dolls, a man bong, death by parakeets, and Jane Fonda as the titular rocket jockey doing a zero-gravity striptease, having sex with nearly everyone who does her a favor, and defeating a pleasure machine designed to orgasm her to death. The star's star turn is what Hopkin finds especially appealing..."
"...With her, each very much is, male gaze be damned. She's at her most alluring as a wayward nightclub dancer in 1956's Naughty Girl -- which preceded her efforts for Godard (Contempt), Malle (A Very Private Affair), and Clouzot (The Truth) -- and at her most interesting in the disturbing Love on a Pillow (1962), written and directed by her ex-husband Roger Vadim..."
"...jumped on the CinemaScope bandwagon in the wake of that film's initial success. Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with James Mason and company battling that giant, rubbery squid wouldn't have been half as thrilling without the 'Scope, and even second-tier movies like the racy Roger Vadim-directed Brigitte Bardot vehicle And God Created Woman made use of the process..."
"...Steve Puchalski's Shock Cinema reviews-only zine is one of my favorites, and this bilious green site is the e-version of it. Click on sample reviews from the latest issue; Lana Turner's LSD-wigout movie The Big Cube (!), Pin Gods, or Roger Vadim's Charlotte..."
"...Directed by: Vadim Perelman. Starring: Ben Kingsley, Jennifer Connelly, Ron Eldard, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Jonathan Ahdout, Frances Fisher and Kim Dickens..."