A high 2.5. Reads like a bizarro Godard film, if Godard had a taste for those loopy long takes of writhing bodies that Zulawski exploits to much better effect in other efforts. Will go from a very coordinated scene of group direction - say, the first rehearsal - to some pitiful, shallow showmanship - Kinski's violent outburst. Zulawski works better when the pressure is higher. Romy's great, Dutronc's a thrill.
Zulawski's sweetest love story. Kinski swoops in, chews all the scenery and spits it up, providing the only Zulawksian grotesque in the whole movie. La Femme Publique goes father in exposing the perversity & exploitation of photography/cinema, actresses & directors. As Polish expat, Zulawski seems in love with French things--cafe, la theatre, menage a trois--at times, the film tries too hard to be capital F French.