La vérité 02/12/19

The Criterion Collection

(The Truth) Brigitte Bardot proved her mettle as a dramatic actress in H.G. Clouzot’s strikingly pro-feminist courtroom epic, that puts the modern age of ‘immoral’ permissiveness on trial. Is Bardot’s selfish, sensation-seeking young lover an oppressed victim?  Clouzot makes her the author of her own problems yet doesn’t let her patriarchal inquisitors off the hook. It’s great ‘old school’ filmmaking, co-starring Paul Meurisse, Charles Vanel and Sami Frey; the extras include a fascinating career documentary on the director Clouzot. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.