Was [Vadim] successful? Yes. But really only because Bardot, the woman and star, was the true auteur of the picture. And Vadim, smart, savvy and woman-loving man that he was, absolutely allowed this. She was Don Juan, or rather, Warren Beatty at that point of her life — preferring flings to marriage, sunning in Saint Tropez, allowing her second husband custody of their child (unthinkable!) and letting herself age (how dare she!).
December 03, 2010