Cinema: Sex Tabby

A Very Private Affair is a very sad affair. Brigitte Bardot, the once cuddly sex kitten, has grown into a sullen tabby, and though New Wave Director Louis Malle is lavish with cinematic catnip (she pouts, flounces and appears in all sorts of bottomless costumes), nothing seems to bring back the young BB.

Malle's merciless closeups, more eloquently than the script, make the picture's point: it's hard for a mere woman to be a movie goddess. Affair's scenario is creepily Bardographical. It tells the story of a simple girl who doesn't enjoy being a movie idol. She signs autographs as if on...

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