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Brigitte Bardot  



Also known as "La lumière d'en face"

Les Productions Jacques Gauthier, 1956.  Directed by Georges Lacombe.  Camera:  Louis Page.  With Raymond Pellegrin, Roger Pigaut, Brigitte Bardot, Claude Romain, Jean Debucourt, Antonin Berval, Guy Piérauld, Lucien Hubert, Daniel Ceccaldi, Christine Gouze-Rénal, Jacques Gauthier.


Georges Lacombe 's most famous works are certainly "le dernier des six" (1941), which owes a lot to HG Clouzot,"Martin Roumagnac" where Gabin teamed with Marlene Dietrich—but as a seed merchant, she was miscast!—and "le pays sans étoile which has become very hard to see.

"La lumière d'en face' is one of these little gems which should not be missed. Crazy it certainly is, as the precedent user says, but not crazier than The Postman Always Rings Twice, which it sometimes recalls. Brigitte Bardot and her impotent(!) husband run a small restaurant.  Across the road, two men run a gas station. Most of the time, and because of a diversion/detour, this quartet is on his own.

More than Roger Vadim and his mediocre "et Dieu créa la femme," it's actually Georges Lacombe who revealed Brigitte Bardot's sensuality and intense erotic potential.  Bardot brought a new form of eroticism, with her spontaneity, her absence of hypocrisy and she managed to stay very natural because of Lacombe's excellent direction. Things were to get wrong afterwards with Vadim's disastrous turkeys. But it emerged again, notably in H.G. Clouzot's "la vérité" and Louis Malle's "vie privée" and "Viva Maria."

The film has a very good male cast too. Raymond Pellegrin—who was the hero of the first (and best ) version of "Manon des sources"—in a thankless part, plays a neurotic man eaten with desire, sometimes recalling Van Heflin; Roger Pigault plays the handsome gas station man who, of course, covets the wife. But more than the story, it's the atmosphere that matters: a sultry place, with the insects noise and four human beings about to explode.

The movie has a prologue and an epilogue which are downright embarrassing.  It was obviously intended to lecture, to edify the audience.  It was probably imposed on Lacombe by his producers for fear the censorship may be infuriated, because this is a rather risky movie.

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