Viva Maria! (1965)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France/Italy, 1965.  , , .  Scenario and dialogue by Louis Malle, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .

Two of France’s most beloved icons rule the screen with their captivating performances in this comedy by Louis Malle. is a riot as a young woman who is at the same time a sex-kitten nymphomaniac and a bomb expert (having been raised by a revolutionary father). plays a travelling performer in Mexico who loses her singing partner and takes Bardot on as her replacement. The two come up with a scintillating striptease routine that makes them the toast of the continent, but their fame only increases when they join the revolution and end up leading it.  The film is incredibly humorous, but Malle takes these women seriously, so their ability to lead a nation in revolt is not treated lightly; unlike most films that feature female action heroes, these girls are to be laughed with, not at. Moreau is simply stunning, and Bardot has no end of fun with her role.

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