(aka 'In Case of Adversity" or "Love Is My Profession" or "La Ragazza del peccato")

directed by Claude Autant-Lara
Italy / France 1958


En Cas de Malheur, literally "in case of accident," is better known by its American title, Love is My Profession. By any name, this Brigitte Bardot vehicle ran into stiff opposition from the Catholic Legion of Decency, severely limiting its U.S. distribution. Bardot plays a nubile small-time thief named Yvette, who becomes the mistress of influential defense attorney Andre (Jean Gabin). Though Andre is able to shower Yvette with jewels and furs, he cannot "buy" her heart, and thus it is that it belongs to handsome young student Mazzetti (Franco Interlenghi). Alas, Yvette is no judge of human nature: attractive though Mazzetti can be, he has a dangerous-and deadly-side. En Cas de Malheur contains a nude scene that has since been reprinted in freeze-frame form innumerable times by both film-history books and girlie magazines (see last capture).

Gary W. Tooze


Theatrical Release: January 18th, 2003 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Rene Chateau - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution Rene Chateau - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:57:08 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.74 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0), DUB: Russian (Dolby Digital 2.0)  
Subtitles English, Russian, None

Release Information:
Studio: Rene Chateau

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Theatrical trailers of 3 Bardot films (including this one)
• Slideshow of Jean Gabin posters
• text bio screen (in Russian only)

DVD Release Date: April 5th, 2005

Slim Digi-pak in cardboard slipcase
Chapters: 16




I have a pretty good idea what has happened here: this beautiful dual layered DVD image is a direct port of the Rene Chateau - Region 0 edition sold in France HERE (even has their logo to start). It is possible that Rene Chateau legally purchased the rights, but questionable. It is stated as the 'official Russian release'. The inclusion of the Russian menus and Russian subtitles looks quite slap-dash. Similar was done with the Rene Chateau Le Samourai. Anyway, I will attempt to verify this soon and post the findings here.

The image is magnificent - Criterion level - progressively transferred and reminds of Rene Chateau's Le Samourai. Tight lines, wonderful contrast and super deep black levels (see 5th large capture). Original audio (and an optional Russian DUB) and good clear removable subtitles.

Gary W. Tooze



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