As a poster boy for hedonism, his whole life was one big party. Journalist, filmmaker, director, producer, actor, novelist, ladies man and prolific father. Roger Vadim, tried everything ...
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As a poster boy for hedonism, his whole life was one big party. Journalist, filmmaker, director, producer, actor, novelist, ladies man and prolific father. Roger Vadim, tried everything until his death in 2000. Portrait of a man at the cutting edge of fashion and trends.Written by
Suspiciously, this supposed in-depth documentary skips over the period circa 1973 to 1985 and omits Vadim's marriage to Catherine Schneider as well as any mention of their son Vania Vadim - as if they never existed. Furthermore, it misrepresents Vadim's funeral by intercutting footage of his onetime girlfriend, Catherine Deneuve at a separate, public memorial service, with footage from the actual funeral which she did not attend. The trick editing gives viewers a false impression, since Deneuve never included herself in Vadim's blended family unit and has never solicited friendship of any of his wives. See more »
Female Narrator, English:
A young ingenue sunbathing innocently. That's the essence of Roger Vadim. A keen eye for women, nudity, and for transgression - his own style of it. But, also for celebrating the sheer hedonistic pleasure of living.
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The documentary As Survey
Here's a French TV documentary -- I saw it with an English narrator -- about Roger Vadim. The title pretty much sums up the attitude of the movie: a young, hip film maker, a string of beautiful wives, all of whom he makes stars, and who leave him for their own stardom. the narration takes a distinctly feminist slant, with Vadim empowering his women and and their going on, leaving him to rear the children.
Yet while it's clear that his film-making tapped into the zeitgeist of the era and what the audiences wanted and were not getting from more established director, there's little sense that he was a serious film maker. It's all about showing naked women, about traveling with his entourage to his favorite vacation spots and shooting movies there. The many clips from his movies make it clear he had a great eye for beauty; not just naked women, but the dressed sets and real-world scenery. Although he began purely as a screenwriter, there's little discussion of story, just of success and failure, on-screen and off.
I suppose depth is something you can't expect of a TV movie. There's the survey of his early life, a list of movies, lots of movie luminaries, and Mitterand -- then a youngish lawyer defending him in court. Good enough for its length and venue.
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