The global success of the 1956 film AND GOD CREATED WOMAN catapulted its director, Roger Vadim, into stardom. For a generation that had been through the horrors of war, his hedonistic attitude was the acme of cool.
Now that he had got his start, Vadim made a string of films in quick succession. He had the pick of great French actors such as Jeanne Moreau and Gérard Philipe. He went through a string of relationships too, famously with Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda. He used all of them in his films, fostering the legend of himself as a Svengali figure. But they all came to detest his casual womanizing.
Vadim might have become a great film director, but his playboy lifestyle got in the way of his career.