...And God Created Woman

...And God Created Woman ★★★★

Not an altogether successful film and barely more than explotive, but it captures something in the zeitgeist of the time, a kind of lightning strike of all the things that were coming together in post-War Europe to redefine sexuality and the power balance between men and women, for better or for worse. At its debut, I can imagine this film was an articulation of Bardot’s unbridled, unfocused, atomic-level sexual energy; it’s not dissimilar from “Rebel without a Cause” (released just the prior year) in that Bardot’s character stands in opposition to just about everything around her. More than half a century later, it feels more like it memorializes the cruel torture of patriarchy, the way men seek to control and dominate their objects of lust.

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