Brigitte Bardot goes to war
A sale dedicated to the invincible French star takes us back to the Bardot years, with documents retracing the career of the Sixties sex-symbol including cinema showcase photographs and magnificent posters.
18 September 1959 saw the release of Christian-Jacque's film Babette Goes to War, starring Brigitte Bardot. Here she played a young ingénue imported into the Resistance from London. After some robust military training, Babette is parachuted into France to seduce the German General von Arenberg and gather information. Though one of the first comedies about a sensitive subject, the film with all its irresistible comic imbroglios was a great success. It was advertised with a bold poster, where the chubby face of the star, reduced to a mass of hair and a candy pink mouth, stands out against a red background. There are also those two black eyes, somewhat the trademark of their creator: Lefor Openo. A curious pseudonym concealing two illustrators who worked together, Marie-Claire Lefort and Marie-Francine Oppeneau. This female duo – highly unusual for the time – imbued poster art of the Fifties and Sixties with their fresh, inventive touch, working for leading brands like Danone, Kodak and Le Printemps. Signed with an envoi by the star, with her little iconic daisy, this poster for Babette looks set to be the highlight of this Nice sale entirely devoted to the multiple images of Brigitte Bardot.