Dominique Marceau is on trial for the murder of Gilbert Tellier. The counsels duel relentlessly, elaborating explanations for why the pretty, idle and fickle girl killed the talented and ambitious conductor freshly graduated from the conservatory. Was it passion, vengeance, desperation, an accident?
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Well filmed, well acted and moving film showing the traps bourgeois 1960's morality set for anyone not willing to comply and also how those narcissistic enough to take advantage of those traps could destroy lives with callous impunity and I'm not talking only of Gilbert.
A poignant and emotionally complex film. Bardot and Sami Frey are outstanding, and the audience intimately experiences the defendant's frustration in court. However, Clouzot frames the film so we are focused on the tragedy of Dominique's life more so than her legal fate. One of Bardot's best performances.
It's not God that created this woman. She's not a sympathetic character at all. She plays around with people's emotions. She only wants you when she can't get you. She claims, "I am a person!" But is she? She is treated quite harshly, but then, that's the French for you. Haughty SOBs.
A decent piece of film-making distinguished by a philosophical approach towards exploring gender issues and the madness of love. It's most impressive in its depiction of how the individual's loss of mental balance can be a symptom of the inequities within society. Bardot gives a committed performance.
Sophisticated courtroom drama more interested in existential than factual guilt (as appropriate to a film which spends much time in the coffee houses of Sartre & de Beauvoir. "There is a solidarity of all men in error and aberration. Must that solidarity operate for the tribunal and be denied the accused?" (Camus, 'Reflections on the Guillotine') More subtle in its feminism than 'Diabolique'. BB the best at ennui.
This may well have been my first time seeing Brigitte Bardot onscreen, and what an experience it was. She is stunningly beautiful, and wonderfully coquettish here,crucial to her performance as a woman on trial for murder, but who appears to be facing a vedict based on her approach to life and love. The supporting cast all do well, and director Henri-Georges Clouzot directs with his usual assured touch.
A compelling court room drama that tells its story through flashbacks. The story focuses on Dominique Marceau and her affair and obsession with a freshly graduated composer. Clouzot's direction is subtle throughout and shows viewpoint from each character, always highlighting human frailties, over judgement and condemnation, which makes it a fresh and exciting court room drama amplified by Bardot's alluring presence.