Big Bertha pic has B.B. in her best form since And God Created Woman, and brilliantly matched by Jeanne Moreau. They are backed by a rollicking, comic adventure opus impeccably brought off by director Louis Malle.

Big Bertha pic has B.B. in her best form since And God Created Woman, and brilliantly matched by Jeanne Moreau. They are backed by a rollicking, comic adventure opus impeccably brought off by director Louis Malle.

Bardot is the daughter of a life-long anarchist who has spent her life blowing up bridges and police stations. She finds herself hunted in some Latino country in 1910 when she has to blow up papa and a bridge. She is taken up by Moreau, a dancer in a traveling music hall cum circus. The two, both named Maria, team up.

There follow some knowing take-offs on the songs of the era, with Bardot unwittingly seeming to invent the striptease when her skirt falls off in one show.

The fine scripting takes advantage of the land, color, Panavision and outdoor shooting in Mexico as the tale gets the circus involved in a local revolution. Bardot is an innocent who suddenly discovers love, and just uses it like a pure little animal. Moreau is the more knowing and wry one who is still the more romantic.

Big scale extra scenes and mob fighting are also spectacular, with bright gags interlarded.

Viva Maria!

France - Italy

Production

NEF/Artistes Associes/Vides. Director Louis Malle; Producer Oscar Dancigars, Louis Malle; Screenplay Jean-Claude Carriere, Louis Malle; Camera Henri Decae; Editor Kenout Peltier, Suzanne Baron; Music Georges Delerue; Art Director Bernard Evein

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Jeanne Moreau Brigitte Bardot George Hamilton Claudio Brooks Gregor Von Rezzoni Carlos Lopez Moctezuma

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