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Two of the most beautiful women in the European cinema of the 1960s -- [[Performer~P3899~Brigitte Bardot~brigittebardot]] and [[Performer~P103455~Jeanne Moreau~jeannemoreau]] -- team up under the direction of [[Performer~P100911~Louis Malle~louismalle]] in this engaging comedy/adventure. Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley ([[Performer~P3899~Bardot~brigittebardot]]) is the daughter of an Irish political dissident who has traveled to Latin America with her father to take part in an anarchist political uprising. When her father is killed, Maria, left to her own devices, happens upon a traveling circus, where she strikes up a friendship with one of the performers, also named Maria ([[Performer~P103455~Moreau~jeannemoreau]]). Maria O'Malley joins up with the carnival, and she works up a dance routine with Maria; the act is a smash hit, especially after the Irish Maria accidentally loses part of her costume during a performance. Despite their success, the two Marias find themselves increasingly distressed with the poverty and brutality of the peasants' lives, and they soon decide to use their talents in support of revolutionary leader Flores ([[Performer~P29952~George Hamilton~georgehamilton]]). Viva Maria!'s original ending was trimmed slightly for its American release, but the complete version was later released in the United States on DVD. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 18, 1965

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jeanne Moreau Best Foreign Actress 1966 Winner

Cast

Brigitte Bardot
as Maria Fitzgerald O'Malley/Maria II
Jeanne Moreau
as Maria I
George Hamilton
as Flores
Paulette Dubost
as Madame Diogene
Claudio Brook
as Rodolfo
Gregor Von Rezzori
as Diogene
Carlos Lopez Moctezuma
as Don Rodriguez
Poldo Bendandi
as Werther
Jose Baviera
as Don Alvaro
Adriana Roel
as Janine
Fernando Wagner
as Father of Maria II
Francisco Reiguera
as Father Superior

Crew

Louis Malle
Director
Louis Malle
Producer
Oscar Dancigers
Producer
Louis Malle
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenwriter
Henri Decaë
Cinematographer
Jean-Claude Carrière
Songwriter
Louis Malle
Songwriter
Georges Delerue
Composer (Music Score)
Kenout Peltier
Editor
Ghislain Uhry
Costume Designer
Lee Zavitz
Special Effects
Odette Berroyer
Makeup
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