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The Bear and the Doll (1969)

Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Daniel Ceccaldi, more...
Director: Michel Deville
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Studio: Koch Vision
Genre: Comedies, Romantic Comedy
Running Time: 88 min.
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A gorgeous woman takes it upon herself to make a man fall for her, whether he likes it or not, in this romantic comedy. Gaspard (Jean-Pierre Cassel) is a successful musician who owns a large estate in the country; he lives a quiet life with few distraction, and prefers to keep it that way. However, Gaspard's peace is disturbed one day when he gets into a minor traffic accident with Felicia (Brigitte Bardot), a beautiful but eccentric divorcee driving a Rolls-Royce. Felicia is immediately taken with Gaspard, but he doesn't much care for her; sensing a challenge, Felicia makes it her goal to turn Gaspard's head and make him fall in love with her. However, the harder Felicia tries, Gaspard puts up an even greater fight, and their potential romance turns into a high-stakes battle of wits. While Brigitte Bardot was still lovely and glamorous at 35 when she made L'Ours et la Poupee, she was nearing the end of her career as Europe's greatest female star; within five years, she would retire from acting. Collectors take note: though this film was originally shot and released in Eastmancolor, at least one U.S. video release issued the picture in a dubbed, black-and-white version. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Bear Minimum by talltale June 28, 2005 - 4:40 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Talk about shocks. Here's a foreign film that's dubbed and offers maybe the worst DVD transfer I have ever seen: blurry beyond belief with the edges of the image cut off in all four directions. THE BEAR AND THE DOLL, a French relic of the nitwit 60s, stars Brigitte Bardot and Jean-Pierre Cassel as opposites who attract (but unfortuntarly repel the audience to approximately the same extent). Considering the characters' consistently dumb behavior, even with a love-conquers-all finale, you'll give their relationship about ten minutes before it self-destructs.

Because of the dreadful transfer and poor screenplay (which might be due more to the dubbing than to the actual dialog), it's hard to judge the film fairly. Best skip it all together and wait--if we're lucky--for someone who appreciates the work of director Michel Deville to resurrect it properly. Then, at least, we might be able to ascertain if there's any reason to spend an hour-and-a-half here.

don't waste your money by VDomnich September 1, 2004 - 9:19 AM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This DVD is complete garbage. It's B/W, fuzzy, and dubbed in English. The advertised French audio track simply doesn't exist. I love some other Michel DeVille's films, but this one in the present edit is absolutely unwatcheable.

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