Plot: What’s it about?
Virginie (Brigitte Bardot) has a serious problems in her hands, and she has little time to find a solution. You see, a dance instructor was murdered, and when the body was discovered, her husband was found standing over the corpse, which is not good for a not guilty plea. Of course, Virginie decides to track down the real killer, so that her husband’s name can be cleared. But this is no open and shut case, and she finds herself immersed in a world of all things underworld, including mambo lessons. She works undercover as a mambo dancer, and begins to gather information, hoping she can get the inside scoop on the murder, and bust the responsible party. But even with her charm, wit, and good looks, can Virginie solve this complex and dangerous mystery?
This release is part of Anchor Bay’s Brigitte Bardot Collection, which contains uncensored and uncut versions of some of Bardot’s finest works. If you are a mystery buff, this release is right up your alley. While the writing is decent at best, the performances are quite good, which makes up some of the difference. The writing seems to stumble when the only element present is mystery, but when a little comedy is tossed in, that’s when the movie is at it’s best. I didn’t know what to expect from a mystery starring Brigitte Bardot, but I was quite pleased with the result. While I don’t think is Bardot’s best film, it is good and fans will want to give this a look. If not her best film, this has to rank as one of her most unique motion pictures, with an unusual string of events that involves everything from transvestites to murder. I recommend this movie to fans of Bardot’s films, and anyone who wants to see one her more unique films. Anchor Bay has issued a good looking disc, although low on supplements, so a rental or purchase would be worth the cash.
This film was directed by Michel Boisrond, who also directed Brigitte Bardot in the film Naughty Girl and La Parisienne. Other films directed by Boisrond include Catherine & Co., Tender Moment, Secret File 1413, and Women Are Weak. While Bardot is enough to keep the film moving, Boisrond creates some interesting compositions with this film, he didn’t take the easy way out, and just aim and shoot with Bardot. The main draw with this film is of course, the lovely Brigitte Bardot, who is one of the top sex symbols of all time. Aside from her obvious good looks, Bardot brought an energy and charisma to her films, which I feel is more attractive than her looks, but she is gorgeous. When people think of cinema sexy symbols, they probably think of Marilyn Monroe, but for my money, it doesn’t get any better then Brigitte Bardot, who had one advantage over Monroe, she could act. If you want to enjoy some more Brigitte Bardot films, be sure to check out Helen of Troy, Love on a Pillow, and Contempt. The supporting cast in this film includes Dawn Addams (Zeta One, The Vampire Lovers), Serge Gainsbourg (Le Sex Shop, Erotissimo), and Dario Moreno (Woman in Chains, Hotel Paradiso).
Video: How does it look?
Come Dance With Me is presented in a 1.66:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors are vibrant and almost unreal they’re so rich, but they are free from distortion and oversaturation. The flesh tones, especially those of Bardot, look natural and display no problems. The black levels are sharp as well, with well defined shadows and very high visible detail level. I didn’t notice any compression errors or serious print flaws here either.
Audio: How does it sound?
This release uses the original mono track for audio, and the overall sound is quite good, given the limitations of the mono format. The elements never become muddled together, and the mono hiss is absent, thankfully. Dialogue is the main focus here, and although I do not speak French, I can hear how crisp and clear the voices are.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains an extensive talent file for Brigitte Bardot.