Fri 15 Mar

En cas de malheur

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

Love is My Profession

105 mins

in French with English subtitles

Italy/France | 1958 | b&w | dir. Claude Autant-Lara, with Jean Gabin, Brigitte Bardot, Edwige Feuillère

An influential Parisian lawyer agrees to defend a young twenty-year-old woman pro bono. Thanks to his help, she walks free from the hold-up charges against her – although she is guilty – and she becomes his mistress… Claude Autan-Lara’s film, inspired by George Simenon’s novel, caused quite a stir when it came out in 1957, in part due to the nude scenes which were deemed scandalous at the time. The film features the on-screen match made in heaven between Jean Gabin, a giant of French cinema, and Brigitte Bardot at the height of her fame, playing two characters who couldn’t be more different: he is a thoughful, confident, successful man who cannot break free from the conventions of his social milieu, while she is a young, carefree and daring deliquent.

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