Paris: Cinedis, 1957. Collection of 130 vintage black-and-white still photographs and 3 medium-format negatives for the 1957 French-Italian film. The collection consists of two unique but complimentary pieces, one being a set housed in the original paper box with "Crumiere / Paris" paper label, and annotations on the box top in holograph ink noting French film title and "B. Bardot," the other being nearly 100 smaller photographs elegantly presented mounted on thick stock in a "Lavis aquarelle" brand spiral bound notebook with maroon faux leather front wrapper, and an affixed paper title label featuring the film's poster art of Bardot. Several photographs with series number on the verso in holograph pencil, a few with rubber-stamps crediting film title and starring actors, and photos in notebook numbered at the edges prior to being printed.
Bardot is amply represented in the collection and seen in nearly every image, highlighting an array of hairstyles and costumes, scenes in the pilot's cockpit, snacking between takes, dancing, being curious at galas. Contact sheets, glamour portraits of Madeleine Lebeau, action sequences of bar fights, and on-the-set images are equally prominent. Negatives show costume design illustrations for men in military uniforms.
Boisrond's fourth directorial credit is a comedy starring Bardot as the flirtatious daughter of the prime minister of France who marries a member of the cabinet (Vidal), who happens to be a womanizer. Taking control of the situation, she has an weekend affair with a prince (Boyer), and ultimately reunites with her husband after somewhat passive apologies.
Photographs in large quarto notebook 4 x 5 inches (10 x 12.5 cm) to 8 x 10.5 inches (20 x 26.5 cm), mounted on thick stock. Boxed photographs 4.75 x 7 inches (12 x 17.75 cm) to 9.25 x 11.75 inches (23.5 x 29.75 cm), with 3 medium-format negatives, 3.5 x 4.5 inches (8.75 x 11.25 cm). Photographs Near Fine overall, light curling, a handful with short creases, negatives Very Good, notebook Very Good plus, box Very Good.
Complete collation details available on request.