Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 18th, 2005
Theatrical Release Date: France, April 19th, 1961
Director: Roger Vadim
Writers: Claude Brulé, Roger Vadim
Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Joséphine James, Mireille Darc, Edith Zetline, Michel Subor
DVD released: May 16th, 2000
Approximate running time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital mono
DVD Release: Anchor Bay
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $29.98
“Although she had a gift for infidelity, she always suffered if she had an affair with more than one man at a time.” – Roger Vadim
Sophie (Brigitte Bardot) is left heart broken when she finds out that her boyfriend Philippe (Jacques Riberolles) has been having an affair with Barbara Wilbury an American behind her back. She meets up Claude and Alain (Michel Subor) at dinner after Philippe tells her they are through. Sophie quickly builds up a friendship with Alain who has fallen in love with her. When she finds out Philippe is taking his new girlfriend to a ski resort she convinces Alain to come along and pretend that they are in love. Will Sophie win back Philippe or will she let the love that is right in front of her slip away?
Please, Not Now would mark Brigitte Bardot’s third collaboration with Roger Vadim. Please Not Now’s original director Jean Aurel would be replaced by Bardot’s ex-husband Roger Vadim. Please Not Now’s comedy bits and sketches are reminiscent to the screwball comedies like My Man Godfrey produced in Hollywood in the 1930’s and early 1940’s. From the opening minutes of the film Roger Vadim sets the tone with his frantic title sequence that has been speed up as it foreshadows the films chaotic structure. Vadim’s stark Black and White photography accentuates the actor’s performances. Vadim does experiment some through out the film with a few inventive compositions and lighting. The main focus of the film is Bardot who proves that she is more then just sexy she is funny. Her natural approach shines through as she is put through various comedic situations like throwing pies and blowing up stoves. Michel Subor who plays Alain is very good as the straight man as he helps rein in Bardot’s ditzy performance.
Bardot’s infamous nude dance sequence is sure to get any mans blood rising and this scene is even more powerful since the majority of the film doesn’t focus on her sex appeal. The flamingo like theme song which is based on the song La Bamba is almost unrecognizable in its current version. Please Not Now is a love story that uses comedy too lighten the tone of the picture. Overall the story is your standard love triangle plot and the material is elevated by the brilliant comedic performances.
Please Not Now is presented in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 cinemascope ratio. The packaging states that this DVD has been restored from original negative and it really shows. The blacks and grays are nicely balanced as the flesh tones look authentic through out. The amount of detail is amazing is every frame and grain is kept to a minimum. The overall transfer is free of artifacts and there are no problems with compression. This transfer ranks right up there with the excellent work Criterion and Home Vision have done on their Brigitte Bardot DVD releases.
The only audio option included is the films original French Language track that is presented in a Dolby Digital mono. The track is free of any defects or distortions and the action is always easy to follow. Overall the track is in great shape and for a mono source it more then gets the job done. English subtitles that are easy to read and follow have been included.
In the extras department is where this release comes up short. Extras include the films original trailer (oddly enough in a full frame ratio) and a DVD insert that replicates one of the films posters. Rounding out the extras is “About Brigitte Bardot” which is an extensive biography and filmography.
Even though I didn’t expect this film to get the red carpet treatment an audio commentary or a featurette would have been a nice addition. Anchor Bay’s Please Not Now DVD fully restores footage that had been previously censored and now fans have a chance to see one of Brigitte Bardot’s best films in a new breathtaking transfer.