Aida Blanes, José Ortiz, José Luis Cabrera and Margarita del Cid inaugurate the exhibition. / SUR

Brigitte Bardot, Myth and Clichés Malaga exhibition stops off in Torremolinos

The exhibition includes 50 photographs of the “sex kitten” taken during her visit to the province in 1957

TONY BRYANT

Torremolinos town hall is hosting a new photographic exhibition dedicated to Bridget Bardot, the Hollywood actress who, since first visiting the resort in 1957, has become firmly etched into the town’s long and illustrious history.

The exhibition, titled Myth and Clichés in Malaga, was inaugurated by Mayor of Torremolinos José Ortiz and councillor for Tourism Aida Blanes, together with José Luis Cabrera, creator of Torremolinos Chic and curator of the exhibition, and the vice-president of the Diputación de Malaga, Margarita del Cid.

The exhibition, which is located on the first floor of the town hall building in Plaza Blas Infante, consists of 50 photographs that show the “sex kitten” during her visit to the province in 1957 to film the controversial Roger Vadim movie, Les Bijoutiers du Clair de Lune. The filming took place in various locations in Malaga such as Mijas, Álora, El Chorro, and Torremolinos, the town that Bardot, who was Vadim's wife at the time, called the “Spanish Saint-Tropez”.

Censorship

The film was set in rural Andalucía and explores the exuberant sensuality of a young girl who has left a convent to live with her aunt in southern Spain. It was released the following year, although not in Spain due to censorship, although it was later published in Spain under the name of Los Joyeros del Claro de Luna.

When not filming, Bardot relaxed on the beaches of Bajondillo and La Carihuela, although the locals are said to have been somewhat alarmed by the blond bombshell in a revealing bathing suit, something almost unheard of during the Franco era.

The collection, which is currently touring the province, can be visited from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 1pm until 7 January.

“We were pioneers in tourism and also in culture. We want to recover this heritage, a history that gives us uniqueness, prominence and personality. In addition to being a leader as a destination for sun and beach, we also have a history with such important figures as Brigitte Bardot,” the mayor said.