The Ball of Count Orgel

Le Bal du comte d'Orgel
Directed by Marc Allégret
Produced by Phillipe Grumbach
Written by Marc Allégret
Starring Jean-Claude Brialy
Music by Raymond Le Sénéchal
Edited by Victoria Mercanton
Distributed by Cocinor
Release dates
1 July 1970
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Ball of Count Orgel (French: Le Bal du comte d'Orgel) is a French film from 1970. It was the last film directed by Marc Allégret, who was also the producer of this film. It was screened at the 1970 Cannes Film Festival, but wasn't entered into the main competition.[1]


Based on Raymond Radiguet's book of the same name, posthumously published in 1924, the film concerns a ball hosted by the Comte d'Orgel (English: Count of Orgel).

Set in 1920, the Comte hosts a soirée and dance for the upper echelons of Parisian society. One of the guests is a handsome young man named François de Séryeuse (played by Bruno Garcin), who during the course of the ball falls in love with the Comte's wife, Comtesse Mahé (played by Sylvie Fennec).

The Comtesse alerts her husband (the Comte), but he dismisses it, seeing de Séryeuse as childish and common. However, Mahé falls for François, and faints with passion on stage during a performance of The Tempest with François. Mahé continues to dream about him, however she is confined in her marriage.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: The Ball of Count Orgel". Retrieved 11 April 2009.
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