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A Very Private Affair (1962)

Vie privée (original title)
When Jill becomes a movie star, she soon discovers that her private life is destroyed by persistent fans that won't leave her alone. Her mother's ex-lover, Fabio, tries to protect her.


Louis Malle


Jean-Paul Rappeneau (screenplay), Louis Malle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Bardot ... Jill
Marcello Mastroianni ... Fabio Rinaldi
Nicolas Bataille Nicolas Bataille ... Edmond
Dirk Sanders Dirk Sanders ... Dick
Jacqueline Doyen Jacqueline Doyen ... Juliette
Paul Sorèze Paul Sorèze ... Maxime (as Paul Soreze)
Eléonore Hirt ... Cécile (as Eleonore Hirt)
Gloria France Gloria France ... Anna
Ursula Kubler Ursula Kubler ... Carla
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli
Gregor von Rezzori Gregor von Rezzori ... Gricha
Antoine Roblot Antoine Roblot ... Alain - le photographe
Simonetta Simeoni Simonetta Simeoni


When Jill becomes a movie star, she soon discovers that her private life is destroyed by persistent fans that won't leave her alone. Her mother's ex-lover, Fabio, tries to protect her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The mobs that pursued her...the loneliness she knew...the lover she longed for...the dreams she had...and the happiness that seemed always to be just beyond her grasp! See more »




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Release Date:

28 September 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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French actor Michel Auclair dubs Marcelo Mastroianni's voice in French. See more »


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very nouvelle vague but darkly compelling oddly contemporary
26 October 2009 | by Shane CrillySee all my reviews

Another reviewer mentioned nouvelle vague and it's true this film stinks of French New Wave. Of course the time was really the style's zenith when even boring pretentious garbage was treated like great art. Hard to take is the acting style that seems to come with the movement -very flat and anti-emotional - a little too Neo-realist for most tastes especially in America where actors tend to chew the scenery. Heck Tom Cruise apparently chews the scenery in ordinary life or at least on talk shows.

However I found there was a kind of chemistry and disturbing reality in Bardot's portrayal of the sex kitten. She was one moment almost catatonic and another bubbly. But how contemporary to see the star as a kind of trapped animal like a fox with dogs and hunters in pursuit. One could see this movie being remade with Brittany or another of the modern celebutantes in the starring role. Was Bardot playing herself? Well isn't that the kind of truth we look for in art? Malle could have been alluding to Marilyn or any modern celebrity caught in the maelstrom of fame. The relationship with Mastroanni seemed especially perceptive. He wants to protect her, but she wants to live and she can't. Certainly think Brittney could relate to this one especially to Jill's own mother selling her out to the press. We've seen that one lately, haven't we.

Not a fun movie but one that stays with you and that's rare these days.

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