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Director  Willy Rozier
Writer  Willy Rozier
Language  French
5.4/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Romance
Duration  
Country  France
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Release date  1952 (France)24 October 1958 (US)
Genres  Drama, Romance Film, Adventure Film, Black-and-white, World cinema
Cast  Brigitte Bardot (Manina), Jean-François Calvé (Gérard Morère), Howard Vernon (Éric), Espanita Cortez (La Franchucha)
Similar movies  Brigitte Bardot appears in Manina - the Girl in the Bikini and And God Created Woman

Manina, the Girl in the Bikini is a 1952 French film directed by Willy Rozier and starring Brigitte Bardot, Jean-François Calvé and Howard Vernon. The film is one of Bardot's first film roles, at the age of 17, and was controversial for the scanty bikinis worn by the young Bardot in the film, one of the first occasions when a bikini had appeared in film and when the bikini was still widely considered immodest.

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Though released in France in 1953 as Manina, la fille sans voiles, the film was not released in the United States until 1958 as Manina, the Girl in the Bikini and in the United Kingdom until 1959 as The Lighthouse-Keeper's Daughter. In other countries it was released under other names. The film was able to be screened in the United States notwithstanding the Hays Code prohibition of exposure of the midriff as a foreign film.

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The film was shot in Cannes, Nice and Paris in the summer of 1952. Brigitte Bardot's father had signed a contract, on behalf of his minor daughter, specifying that the film was not to show indecent images. When in the course of filming, a series of "highly suggestive" photographs of his daughter was released, he accused the producing company of not respecting the contract and demanded that the film not be projected without the permission of a court. He lost the suit.

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Plot

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A 25-year-old Parisian student, Gérard Morere (Calvé), hears a lecture about a treasure Troilus lost at sea after the Peloponnesian War, and thinks he knows where it is, thanks to a discovery he made five years earlier when diving near the island of Levezzi, in Corsica. He gets friends and an innkeeper to invest in his dream, enough to get him to Tangiers where he convinces a cigarette smuggler, Eric (Vernon), to take him to the island.

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There they find 18-year-old Manina (Bardot), the light-keeper's daughter, who is beautiful and pure. Eric thinks Gérard may have conned him, but Gérard's belief in the treasure compels patience. Gérard dives by day and romances Manina at night. Gérard finds the treasure, though Eric runs away with it and is wrecked in a storm.

Cast

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  • Jean-François Calvé ... Gérard Morère
  • Brigitte Bardot ... Manina
  • Howard Vernon ... Éric
  • Henry Djanik ... Marcel (as H. Djanik)
  • Espanita Cortez ... La Franchucha
  • Raymond Cordy ... Francis, the bartender
  • Paulette Andrieux ... (as Paulette Andrieu)
  • Jean Droze ... Buddy of Gérard (as Droze)
  • Nadine Tallier ... Mathilda (as N. Tallier)
  • Maurice Bénard ... (as Bénard)

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    References

    Manina, the Girl in the Bikini Wikipedia
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