The Bear and the Doll

The Bear and the Doll (original title: L'Ours et la Poupée) is a 1970 French film directed by Michel Deville and starring Brigitte Bardot.

The Bear and the Doll
Directed byMichel Deville
Produced byMag Bodard
Screenplay byNina Companeez
Michel Deville
StarringBrigitte Bardot
Jean-Pierre Cassel
Music byEddie Vartan
CinematographyClaude Lecompte
Edited byNina Companeez
Distributed byParamount (US)
Release date
Running time
90 minutes
Box office1,617,853 admissions (France[1]


Felicia, a high spirited woman crashes her car into that of a Gaspard, conservative musician and single dad. Felicia is frustrated that Gaspard doesn't find her attractive and sets out to seduce him.



The film was inspired by American screwball comedies of the 1930s and was written with Catherine Deneuve in mind. Alain Delon and Jean Paul Belmondo were offered the male lead but turned it down. Filming took place in the summer of 1969.[2]


The New York Times said that "the maneuverings are mostly the tactics of coy moviemaking here involving several awful child actors, windshield wipers that comment on the action, a huge but gentle dog, a Siamese cat named Prudhomme, and endless little rages between the lovers that define their real affection... Charm is the ingredient that is in singularly short supply in "The Bear and the Doll," largely, I suspect, because Miss Bardot, once a sex kitten, now approaches middle age with all of the grace of a seasoned predator."[3]


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