Cinema: Psychodrama

Mademoiselle is an exquisitely photographed flop in which three flamboyant talents compound each other's mistakes. Trying an English-language drama overladen with artsy Continental flavor, Director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) miscasts Jeanne Moreau, an actress far too frost-free to catch the temper of a frustrated spinster. She brings every subconscious drive boiling to the surface, and her roaring heterosexual readiness makes a parody of the screenplay by France's poet of perversion, Jean Genet.

As a provincial school teacher, Moreau expresses her lust for an Italian woodcutter (Ettore Manni) by scourging the countryside with fire,...

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