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The Matter of Myth: Bardot, Stardom and Sex

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sarah Leahy


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This paper looks at the construction of the Bardot myth in relation to national identity and the political context of 1950s France. It examines how the Bardot myth is located in her star body, a new cinematic body which was perceived variously as refreshingly natural or dangerously sexual. It looks in detail at how this myth functions to contain her excessive body by setting BB up as a national icon of femininity at this time of decolonization. In a final part, it discusses Bardot’s experience of maternity as an example of how she resists such containment, refusing to be recuperated by dominant ideology.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Leahy S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Studies in French Cinema

Year: 2003

Volume: 3

Issue: 2

Pages: 71-81

ISSN (print): 1471-5880

ISSN (electronic): 1758-9517

Publisher: Intellect Ltd.


DOI: 10.1386/sfci.3.2.71/0


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