The Matter of Myth: Bardot, Stardom and Sex (2003)

Author(s): Leahy S

    Abstract: 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.

      • Date: 01-07-2003
      • Journal: Studies in French Cinema
      • Volume: 3
      • Issue: 2
      • Pages: 71-81
      • Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
      • Publication type: Article
      • Bibliographic status: Published

      Keywords: French cinema Stardom Bardot gender theory


      Dr Sarah Leahy
      Senior Lecturer