Romance has served as the foundation for some of film history’s most significant partnerships. Over at the Criterion Channel, we’re celebrating couples who shared a chemistry both on-screen and in real life with Creative Marriages, a series of double bills that launched back in November with a spotlight on Federico Fellini and his longtime muse and wife, Giulietta Masina. Tomorrow, our second installment presents the work of French filmmaker Roger Vadim and actor Brigitte Bardot, who were married between 1952 and 1957, and whose professional collaboration included four films on which he served as writer and director and three that he cowrote. Their breakthrough, Vadim’s boldly erotic debut feature, And God Created Woman (1956), catapulted both to international fame.
I don’t like the idea of “understanding” a film. I don’t believe that rational understanding is an essential element in the reception of any work of art. Either a film has something to say to you or it hasn’t. If you are moved by it, you don’t need it explained to you. If not, no explanation can make you moved by it.