Brigitte Bardot on the set of Et Dieu... créa la femme (AND GOD CREATED WOMAN) in 1956. She wore her own clothes in the film, as she did in many of her films in fact. The name of her character in Et Dieu..., Juliette Hardy, isn’t very far removed from her own name. Saint-Tropez, the location of the film, was familiar to her because she would spend summers there with her parents (she still lives there of course). ET DIEU..., basically, is Brigitte Bardot as seen through the eyes of a smitten Roger Vadim: a luscious cinematic love letter.
The film was shot in Saint-Tropez and at the Studios de la Victorine in Nice.
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Miles of Movies: Weekly Stats
My DVR is full of movies & TV shows I've put off watching, so this is a list of what I've watched while working out! I'm curious to see how many movies I'll get through in 2021. Each listing includes workout dates, number of sessions (treadmill or elliptical), length of sessions & distance.
Week 6/7 - 6/11/21:
Elliptical: 35.8 miles in 3hrs, 39min (Monday - Friday)
Watched 2 musicals from the 1950s (On Moonlight Bay, The Belle of New York) and 2 episodes of Family Matters (High Hopes, Busted)
View my ‘Miles of Movies 2021’ list to see what I’ve been watching while working out here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls084069581/
Biyaya ng Lupa (Blessings of the Land)
A film by Manuel Silos
A young married couple, Maria and Jose (Rosa Rosal and Tony Santos) start life together creating a lanzones orchard in the countryside. They have four children - Miguel (Leroy Salvador), Arturo (Carlos Padilla Jr), Angelita (Marita Zobel), and Lito (Danilo Jurado). The eldest, Miguel, is a deaf-mute. Life is good to them and the children grow up and bring joy to the community. But trouble enters their lives when Jose makes an enemy of Bruno (Joseph de Cordova). Bruno, a widower, is much feared in the village, for it is rumored that he caused the death of his wife. And yet he wants to remarry and is courting Choleng (Mila Ocampo), Jose's niece. But Choleng avoids Bruno and one day, in trying to get away from him, she slips and falls off a cliff and dies. The village is outraged and Bruno hides in the mountains. There, he plots his revenge on the village, particularly on Jose's family.
Biyaya ng Lupa (1959) is a film about family and their life struggles in the province. I am not a big fan of classic black and white films as I tend to get bored easily. But, upon watching some classic old films from Hollywood, I became more appreciative of black and white films especially since it took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to produce one. Considering the equipment used during the 1950's and the editing process, it must be hard to cut and paste film strips together to create transition. Thinking about it, this film probably had the same amount of effort and process.
At first it felt kind of boring to watch since for me it took too long to introduce the conflict of the story but it got interesting as it goes when they finally introduced Bruno, the main antagonist in the film. It's a typical plot for a Filipino film about family. There's the father who's strong and is always there to defend his family, the mother who's caring and supports her husband and children, and their children in which has their own unique attributes. Miguel who has a disability and his duo Lito who helps him pursue Gloria, then there's Arturo who wishes to experience the luxurious life in Manila only to regret about it thereafter, and Angelita which truly defines a 'dalagang pilipina' character. The film told the story of each character well, so the audience will really get to know each persona.
As I watch the film it made me realize the power that 'chismis' holds. A single gossip can lead to another person's demise. The fact that someone can twist truth and pass it on to another person who would also twist the truth made me question that what if what we learn in school about history aren't really the truth, because the stories have been passed on and who knows who twisted the story and who knows what the truth really is. Aside from that, the film also made me think about the hardships they must've encounter in the province.
Since the film was produced in the 1950's and it showed the provincial life of a family, it is worth to ponder what must have been like to live in that era.
I like that the film showcased what a family must be especially for us Filipinos who in our tradition, it is typical that we value family first, supporting them and helping them as much as we can. I like that it also showed what a community will be if they work together as one. It goes to show that a community working together as one can be very powerful and fearsome if they fight about the same thing.
Compared to Filipino films produced nowadays, I saw a big change not only on the technical aspect but also in the storyline. Usually, mainstream media produces story concepts about love and relationships because it is easy to cater a romantic/drama film to the audience as it doesn't need that much budget compared to action films.
I recommend that people watch this film and classic black and white films like this especially classic Filipino films as they could learn about the life during those era and they could gather new knowledge too. I didn't know that it takes so long to grow a Lanzones tree until I watched the film. The film also tells you a lesson, about how bending a story accusing someone is dangerous, being blinded by the riches and luxury of someone, and that gossips and rumors isn't a basis to accuse someone of something, it is better to hear their side first and be open minded about it.
Overall, it was a fun experience watching this film as I gathered a lot of lessons and realized a lot of things. I truly appreciate classic old films as it also shows how technology and film has evolved through time and it is very interesting to know the difference of film back then and film now.