Friday, January 4, 2013

Bardot, Depardieu: Citizens of Humanity

During the French Revolution the Prussian nobleman Anacharsis Cloots became a "citizen of humanity." Today, we have the spectacle of Brigitte Bardot following the lead of Gérard Depardieu in seeking Russian citizenship. No doubt Depardieu's and Bardot's motives are as honorable as Cloots's: the former admires "Russian democracy" and is flattered by the attentions of that great democrat, Vladimir Putin, while the latter wishes to halt the impending euthanasia of two ailing elephants in the Lyon zoo. Let no one think for a moment that vulgar considerations of tax liability have anything to do with this sudden outbreak of interspecial solicitude. But surely the latest developments in this affair warrant the addition of a third term to Marx's famous sequence, "first time tragedy, second time farce." We are now through the looking glass.

What a blow to French vanity, though. If Bardot epitomized the French sensuality of the 60s and Depardieu with his ample loins represented the quintessence of Gallic lust in the 70s, time has not been kind to either of these specimens of "humanity." A cruel director, wishing to sum up French decline since 1968, could do worse than to cast a film featuring this rather forlorn couple as an exemplum warning of the dire consequences of lust unbridled and unredeemed by the slightest moral elevation. And to think that Depardieu once played Danton, de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace. With his paean to Putin,, he has crossed the line between audacity and foolhardiness, and now Bardot, giving her all for the tuberculous elephants, has followed him over. Où sont les neiges d'antan?


6 comments:

TexExile said...

Now more than ever, I'd kill the elephants.

TexExile said...

Second thought: what about euthanising Bardot and sending the elephants to Russia?

Mitch Guthman said...

@TexExile,

It’s true that Bardot hasn't aged well and has been on the lunatic fringe for a very long time. In her day, though, she really was somebody very special. Let’s cut her some slack.

Depardieu, on the other hand, is just a greedy, thuggish asshole with no redeeming qualities and always has been. The only consolation is that Depardieu’s high earning days are behind him but the pictures of him in Rome suggest that unless he got to keep his French health card, France’s loss is going to be Russia loss, too.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant!

Cincinna said...

Although the French would be well rid of Bardot, Depardieu is another story.
Bardot has been the ultimate supporter of the FN, and le Pen, père et fille, in extremis, for decades. Not unlike many modern day leftists, she cares more about animals and the "environment" than about her fellow human beings.
Depardieu has brought great glory and huge amounts of money to France, and the French film industry, not to mention the $170 million dollars he has already paid to France in taxes over the years. The fisc has already gotten an enormous amount out of him, and there should be a limit on just how much the government can confiscate and redistribute. He is a magnificent film and stage actor who unfortunately has succumbed to the decadence around him.
But Putin's Russia? Bardot might find comfort in a racist, anti-Semitic totalitarian state, but Depardieu, probably not.

Anonymous said...

"A cruel director, wishing to sum up French decline since 1968, could do worse than to cast a film featuring this rather forlorn couple as an exemplum warning of the dire consequences of lust unbridled and unredeemed by the slightest moral elevation. "

Mais qu'est-ce que vous racontez? C'est quoi cette Américainnerie?