Pictorial Palette #4 – Babette Goes to War

Brigitte Bardot in BABETTE GOES TO WAR (1959)

Babette Goes to War is a 1959 comedy starring French film star and sex goddess Brigitte Bardot. A curious little film, there’s a lot of Wilder’s Stalag 17 to be found in the way French director Christien-Jaque takes a lighter look at the German Occupation of France.

The film is not in print in here in the US (if it is, please someone out there correct me), but if you ever come across a screening of it, give it a chance.

I love this sultry, pouty Bardot, and the colors make for a fittingly broody palette.


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One thought on “Pictorial Palette #4 – Babette Goes to War

  1. I haven’t seen this one (obviously; you just said it’s not in print in the US), but I did recently introduce myself to French cinema, and I haven’t been disappointed yet. I started with Last Year at Marienbad (1961), which baffled and intrigued me more than any movie ever has. Then I started Jacques Tati’s “Monsieur Hulot” series. If you haven’t already seen them, I certainly recommend M. Hulot’s Holiday and Mon Oncle. And I’m sure, after I see them, I’ll want to recommend Playtime and Trafic as well. 🙂

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