Roger Vadim (1928 - 2000) was a French screenwriter, film director, producer, author, and actor.
Melinda Camber Porter in conversation with Roger Vadim:
ROGER VADIM is bored with the image he has created for himself. He feels that he has lost sight of what he wants to do by fulfilling the demands of producers, distributors and stars. In the 20 years since he directed his first film, And God Created Woman with Brigitte Bardot, he has known only too well how to sell himself, his wives and there by his films. He calls himself someone who has been typecast too long.
“It was very difficult to me to liberate myself from commercial success. When you've made a successful film, producers want to repeat the formula,” he says, talking in a mixture of French and English (although he has a perfect command of the latter).
At 46, he had made his first film for which he is willing to take full responsibility. La Jeune Fille Assassinee is, according to Vadim, an exploration of the problems of the new freedom that women have today. He has scripted, directed, and produced it and also stars in it. Its heroine, Charlotte, played by a new actress Sirpa Lane, is “young, beautiful and brilliant and feels that she can do whatever she likes”. But Vadim shows that it isn't that simple: she ends up brutally murdered.