Starring a nubile Brigitte Bardot in one of her earliest roles, this frothy adventure/romance feature from 1952 is set picturesquely in the Mediterranean, where French law student Gerard (Jean-François Calvé) seeks sunken treasure after being captivated by stories of a famous Phoenician treasure lost at sea off the coast of Corsica. While there, he's captivated by Bardot's character Manina, the lighthouse keeper's beautiful daughter—and who wouldn't be? In French or Spanish, with English subtitles.
"It's immediately apparent that she does have that indefinable 'something' that no studio chief can manufacture, and which defies easy description. In a world routinely obsessed with fame and celebrities … it's hard to understand the kind of media frenzy that Bardot created during her reign as the world's foremost sex symbol. The fact that she wore a revealing bikini here was enough for the Vatican to forcefully try and get the film censored speaks to the kind of relatively innocent media world Bardot entered—and helped alter."—DVD Talk