Monday, March 27, 2017

Roger Vadim - Don Juan ou Si Don Juan était une femme... AKA Don Juan, or If Don Juan Were a Woman (1973)


Brigitte Bardot stars in her penultimate film (she only has a cameo in her last) along with Jane Birkin, the Serge Gainsbourg "Je t'aime" girl. This film is well worth a look, as we can see BB's and Vadim's evolution from "And God Created Woman" to this post-sixties over-the-top comedy-drama.
We get some great nude scenes with Brigitte and Jane. BB's character is someone fed up with men, so she resorts to seduce-and-destroy tactics. As in "God Created Woman" she's pretty much playing herself, but with an exaggerated storyline of driving men to ruin, murder, and suicide. The campy ironic humor is there in such scenarios as seducing a priest as well as setting up a fake menage-a-trois to madden a bete homme. Also a scene with Robert Walker Jr. (Charlie X in Star Trek TOS) where the price she asks for making love is no less than his life, which he takes seriously. The ending is a multiple meaning one as BB saves a man who makes her "pay for her sins" (though he's unappreciative). I think the end hits home for Brigitte in real life saying in effect, "look you male-dominated world, you've made my life hell". Worth seeing for it's erotic quality (what BB film isn't?), the submarine home, the early '70s fashions, and the high camp.
 Juan or If Don Juan Were a Woman 1973 -- Roger Vadim.mkv Juan or If Don Juan Were a Woman 1973 -- Roger

Subtitles:English (srt)