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Viva Maria

Bardot et Moreau

Viva Maria

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Jeanne Moreau, Brigitte Bardot, Georges Hamilton, Claudio Brook

year: 1965

colour: yes

certificate: 12

director: Louis Malle

runtime: 120

It's 1907 in a South American country. Maria II (Brigitte Bardot), the daughter of an Irish terrorist, meets Maria I (Jeanne Moureau), the singer of a circus. After her father dies, Maria II decides to stay with the circus and tour with them. On her debut as a singer, she accidentally invents striptease, an action that makes the circus achieve great fame. Shortly after they meet Florès (George Hamilton), a socialist revolutionary. He invites them to join his cause, a revolution against El Dictador (José Ángel Espinoza), but shortly after Florès dies after being shot. He makes them promise him to finish his cause and both agree, getting into trouble with the local church and the authorities. Both Moreau and Bardot were nominated for Best Foreign Actress at the 1967 BAFTA awards. However, only Moreau won.


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