Viva Maria! (film)


17-23 January 2014

  • Louis Malle
  • In English, French, German, Spanish
  • 107 mins

Showing as part of Projecting the World

Louis Malle was perhaps the most commercially successful of the French directors associated with La nouvelle vague in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Not directly linked to Godard, Truffaut et al, he was able to appeal to both ‘popular’ and art cinema audiences. Viva Maria! sees him taking two major stars, Jeanne Moreau and Brigitte Bardot, to Mexico to make a kind of comedy-adventure film related to the cycle of spaghetti westerns dealing with the Mexican Revolution in the 1910s.

The film’s plot sees Bardot as the daughter of an IRA bomber fighting against the British who is forced to flee and join a circus/variety troupe travelling through an unnamed Central American country. Malle wrote the script with Jean-Claude Carrière (who had earlier worked with Luis Buñuel) and the film is full of visual jokes and commentaries on filmmaking – an intelligent, funny and sometimes silly film that is never less than entertaining.

Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, George Hamilton
Country: France, Italy
Year: 1965
Subtitles: Partial English

Screening times

  • Fri 17
  • Sat 18
  • Sun 19
  • Mon 20
  • Tue 21
  • Wed 22
  • Thu 23


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