A Very Private Affair

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A Very Private Affair
(Vie Privée)
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byLouis Malle
Produced byChristine Gouze-Renal
Written byLouis Malle
Jean Ferry
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
StarringBrigitte Bardot
Marcello Mastroianni
Nicolas Bataille
Eléonore Hirt
Music byFiorenzo Carpi
CinematographyHenri Dacae
Distributed byPathe Films
Release date
January 31, 1962
Running time
103 minutes
Box office1,879,668 admissions (France)[1]

A Very Private Affair (French: Vie privée) is a 1962 French film directed by Louis Malle and starring Brigitte Bardot.[2]


Brigitte Bardot, the French actress/bombshell of the 1960s, stars in this semi-biographical film of her life. Eighteen-year-old Jill enjoys a comfortable upper-class existence with her widowed mother in Switzerland and develops a crush on Fabio, a friend's husband. She heads off to Paris to become a model and dancer. Soon, Jill is discovered by a film producer and made into a huge movie star. The pressures and annoyances of fame take their toll on her and she returns to Switzerland to recuperate. Jill has an affair with the now divorced Fabio. The press continues to hound her, leading to more complications in her private life.


"A new triumph for today's most talked about star!"



According to MGM, records the film lost $128,000.[3]


  1. ^ Box office information for film at Box Office Story
  2. ^ "NY Times: A Very Private Affair". NY Times.com. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  3. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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