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Brigitte's finest film performances

And God Created Woman (1956)

Roger Vadim was never a subtle director, and And God Created Woman was a clumsy vehicle cobbled together to showcase Bardot's allure. It certainly did that, and she compelling playing Juliette, a savage, erotically charged teenage orphan who single-handedly terrorises a small French town.

Bardot's explosive performance was condemned by the Catholic League of Decency and dismissed by critics, but the film made her an instant star.

La Vérité (1960)

Henri-Georges Clouzot's gripping psychological drama has been compared to Kurosawa's Roshomon, and stars Bardot as Dominique Marceau, a pretty young woman who's brought to trial for the murder of her lover, Gilbert Tellier.

He was a promising classical musician, she seems destructive and fickle, but as the case proceeds the truth about his death gradually begins to emerge. In probably her best performance, Bardot brought real depth to a character who might have been a mere cypher.

Le Mépris (1963)

Brigitte Bardot was not Jean-Luc Godard's first choice to star in his bleak satire Le Mépris, and the director was not happy when filming was interrupted time and again by invasions of paparazzi.

But Bardot was perfect as Camille Javal, a screenwriter's wife who becomes a pawn in a tawdry movie deal. Jack Palance played a bombastic American producer, and Michel Piccoli was Camille's husband Paul, who seemed prepared to use his wife's sexual favours to get ahead.

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