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This chapter focuses on the Parisienne iconographical profiles of Brigitte Bardot, Jeanne Moreau, Anna Karina and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Certain studies have treated the star personae of Bardot, Moreau and Karina in a more general sense. The chapter builds upon these by focusing specifically on how these star personae relate to the Parisienne type. In the trailer for the film, off-screen voices exclaim 'Viva Bardot! Viva Moreau!' before any reference to the film's title is made, foregrounding neither the film itself nor the director, but the two leading women. The respective Parisienne films of Bardot and Moreau, and the way in which the amalgamation of these film roles has contributed to a specific Parisienne iconographical profile, also define the difference between the two stars. While working as a fashion and television model, Karina caught the attention of Jean-Luc Godard, who at the time was a film critic for Cahiers du Cinema.

La Parisienne in cinema

Between art and life

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