The Devil and the Ten Commandments
|Le Diable et les Dix Commandements|
Original French film poster
|Directed by||Julien Duvivier|
Hoche Productions, Films Odéon, |
U.F.A, Comacico (France)
Louis de Funès
Cinédis (1962) (France) |
Union Film Distributors Inc. (1963) (USA)
|14 September 1963|
126 minutes (France)
|Box office||$13.6 million|
Le Diable et les Dix Commandements (English: The Devil and the Ten Commandments), is a French comedy-drama film from 1963, directed by Julien Duvivier, written by David Alexander and Michel Audiard, starring Michel Simon and Louis de Funès (uncredited). The cast list includes several famous French actors: Simon, de Funès, Fernandel, Danielle Darrieux, Lino Ventura, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Aznavour and a very young Alain Delon.
The film offers a perspective on sin and salvation. A snake proclaims – voice of Claude Rich – that it is our old friend, the Devil.
The film consists of seven roughly 15 minute episodes, each showing what will happen if one or more of the Ten Commandments will be broken. The episodes are either mini-dramas. The version available in Germany and Japan has eight episodes.
In the first episode Jérome Chambard is warned that he will lose his job if he continues to swear.
In second episode Françoise Beaufort enamored of a stripper calls on her only to find her married to a janitor who doesn't know what kind of dancing his wife performs.
In the third episode Denis, a Jesuit novice, leaves the order to avenge his sister's suicide, which was provoked by Garigny, who seduced her into prostitution and drug addiction.
In the fourth episode Philip buys a necklace for Micheline though he is bored with her. Fernandel (horse-faced) declares that he is God.
In the fifth episode a young man find out that his real mother is not Madeleine, but actress Clarisse Ardant.
In the sixth episode Didier Marin, cashier of a bank, was fired by his boss.
- Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
- Lucien Baroux : monsignor Hector Trousselier
- Claude Nollier : grandmother
- Albert Michel : the trader of firsts
- Nina Myral : a parishioner (uncredited)
- Micheline Presle : Micheline Allan
- Françoise Arnoul : Françoise Beaufort
- Mel Ferrer : Philip Allan
- Claude Dauphin : Georges Beaufort
- Charles Aznavour : Denis Mayeux, brother of Catherine (the committing suicide)
- Lino Ventura : Garigny, the procurer
- Maurice Biraud : Louis, the inspector of police
- Henri Vilbert : Alexandre, the restaurateur
- Maurice Teynac : grandfather
- Clément Harari : a man of hand of Garigny
- Guy Mairesse or Pierre Fromont : a man of hand of Garigny
- Yana Chouri : a woman from the restaurant
- Fernandel : the madman who is taken for God alias « le père Gilbert »
- Germaine Kerjean : grandmother
- Gaston Modot : Auguste, grandfather
- Claudine Maugey : Marie, small girl
- René Clermont : father
- Josette Vardier : mother
- Alain Delon : Pierre Messager
- Danielle Darrieux : Clarisse Ardant alias Solange Beauchon
- Madeleine Robinson : Germaine Messager
- Georges Wilson : Marcel Messager
- Roland Armontel : Monsieur Mercier
- Hubert Noël : friend of Clarisse
- Dominique Paturel : the actor
- Gaby Basset : the dresser
- Robert Le Béal : the movie director
- Raoul Marco : an actor
- Jean-Claude Brialy : Didier sailor, the bank clerk
- Louis de Funès : Antoine Vaillant, the embezzler
- Armande Navarre) : Janine Millaud, fiancée of Didier Marin
- Noël Roquevert : inspector
- Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
- Lucien Baroux : Monseigneur Trousselier
- Madeleine Clervanne : Delphine
- Bosley Crowther (October 15, 1963). "Le Diable et les Dix Commandements". The New York Times.
- The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States. Part 2. University of California Press. 1997. p. 251. ISBN 0-520-20970-2.
- The Devil and the Ten Commandments at the Internet Movie Database
- Le Diable et les Dix Commandements (1962) at the Films de France
- The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1963) at the TCM Movie Database
- Der Teufel und die zehn Gebote at the defunes.de
- Bosley Crowther, Le Diable et les Dix Commandements, The New York Times, October 15, 1963
- The Devil and the Ten Commandments at Rotten Tomatoes