Aside from the obvious sexual innuendo, some of the greatest actresses in Hollywood have taken on controversial roles of the “Bad Girl” in films because the script’s characters have depth, grit, purpose and commitment. Here are four “bad girl” films where the actresses made cinematic history with their outstanding performances and helped push the movie industry to developing “meatier” roles for women. This week, MovieZoot.com proudly presents Brigitte Bardot in 1956’s Mademoiselle Striptease, Marlene Dietrich in 1931’s The Blue Angel, Karen Black in 1973’s The Pyx, and Sophia Loren in 1963’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
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In Mademoiselle Striptease,
the air is thick with innuendo, pratfalls and, of course, a strip-tease contest in this classic French sex-comedy. Originally titled Plucking the Daisy, this 1956 black & white comedy drama directed by Marc Allégret stars bombshell Brigitte Bardot in telling the story of a young girl – an aspiring writer – who side-steps some Parisian wolves as she unwittingly ignites hellfire in the minds of men from the Seine to the Sorbonne.
The Blue Angel
is a 1931 Josef von Sternberg black & white musical drama starring Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron and Emil Jannings telling the story of an educator so smitten by a cabaret dancer that he loses everything in the name of love, eventually losing his very life! Eyes up boys – it’s dangerous down there!
with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber starring in this 1973 Harvey Hart horror crime thriller, is about a grizzly murder that puts an investigating detective in the middle of the occult surrounded by prostitution, drug addiction and conspiracy with all of her suspects mysteriously dropping like flies.
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
is a 1963 comedy anthology film by Italian director Vittorio de Sica, starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni and consists of three hilarious short stories about couples in different parts of Italy. This film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1964 Academy Awards.