Nelly Kaplan – La Fiancée du pirate AKA A Very Curious Girl (1969)

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Quote:
“In a tightly knit rural community, Marie and her mother are outcasts, living in a small wood cabin. Marie is exploited and abused by both her employer, a lesbian landowner, and her oversexed male neighbours, who include the town’s mayor and a seemingly respectable shopkeeper. When her mother is killed in a road accident, Marie decides it is time to turn the tables on her tormenters. She starts to make them pay for her sexual favours, and, thanks to her innate talent for seduction, she soon becomes the wealthiest person in the area. In the end, her neighbours decide that Marie is a corrupting influence and contrive to have her forced out of the village. Marie, however, intends to have the last laugh…”

Excerpts from the Cahiers du Cinéma of May 2018, translation below:
Le retour si bienvenu de La Fiancée du pirate sur les écrans coïncide à la fois avec le cinquantenaire de mai 68, la contestation de la domination masculine de #metoo et le débat sur la place des réalisatrices au sein de l’industrie de cinéma. Car en 1969, ce film prémonitoire est déjà marqué par ces questionnements, faisant écho à la légalisation de la contraception en 1967 (une affiche militant pour cette cause orne la cabane de Marie, héroïne du film), au débat sur la libération sexuelle si centrale en 68, annonçant aussi la naissance du mouvement de libération de la femme en 1970 et le manifeste de 343 femmes pour la légalisation de l’avortement dont Bernadette Lafont (inoubliable dans le rôle de Marie) était l’une des signatrices. Or ces questions risquent d’enfermer La fiancée du pirate dans un débat sociologique, alors qu’il s’agit d’abord d’un objet cinématographique passionnant, fruit d’une collocation exceptionnelle entre trois électrons libres du cinéma français : Bernadette Lafont, le producteur et distributeur Claude Makovski (également coscénariste) et l’écrivaine et réalisatrice Nelly Kaplan.

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L’une des particularités du film est la manière dont Bernadette Lafont politise sa propre image de “vamp villageoise”, comme l’ont surnommée certains critiques de l’époque, en référence à ses origines du sud de la France, à son physique pulpeuse et à son audace en matière de représentation de la sexualité. Marie est une femme qui prend conscience de son exploitation à la fois sexuelle, économique et sociale par les hommes qui l’entourent (parfois aussi par les femmes) et qui organise progressivement sa vengeance. […]

Pretty good machine translation:
The welcome return of The Pirate’s Bride to the screens coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of May 68, #metoo’s challenge to male domination and the debate on the place of women directors in the film industry. For in 1969, this premonitory film was already marked by these questions, echoing the legalization of contraception in 1967 (an activist poster for this cause adorns Marie’s cabin, the film’s heroine), the debate on sexual liberation so central in 1968, also announcing the birth of the women’s liberation movement in 1970 and the manifesto of 343 women for the legalization of abortion of which Bernadette Lafont (unforgettable in the role of Marie) was one of the signatories. But these questions risk locking The pirate’s fiancée into a sociological debate, when it is first and foremost an exciting cinematographic object, the result of an exceptional collocation between three free electrons of French cinema: Bernadette Lafont, producer and distributor Claude Makovski (also co-writer) and writer and director Nelly Kaplan.

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One of the film’s peculiarities is the way Bernadette Lafont politicizes her own image as a “village vamp”, as she was nicknamed by some critics at the time, in reference to her origins in southern France, her pulpy physique and her audacity in representing sexuality. Mary is a woman who becomes aware of her sexual, economic and social exploitation by the men around her (sometimes also by women) and who gradually organizes her revenge. […]










http://nitroflare.com/view/CA1B95C45CC0A07/La.Fiancee.Du.Pirate.AKA.A.Very.Curious.Girl.1969.DVDRip.x264-HANDJOB.mkv
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Language(s):French
Subtitles:English

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2 comments

  1. Michael Troudt

    The English subtitles stop after twenty minutes.

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