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The Night Heaven Fell (1958)

Les bijoutiers du clair de lune (original title)
Ursula leaves the convent where she was educated, to start living with her uncle, the count Ribera, and her aunt Florentine. When she arrives, she is confronted with a local drama: a ... See full summary »



(adaptation) (as J. Rémy), (adaptation) (as R. Vadim) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
José Nieto ...
Comte Miguel de Ribera (as Pepe Nieto)
Tío (alternate version)
Maruchi Fresno ...
Conchita (as Maruschi Fresno)
Adriano Domínguez ...
José Marco Davó ...
Le chef de la police
Antonio Vico ...
Le chauffeur
Mario Moreno ...
Tosi ...
Le capitaine
José María Tasso ...
Garçon d'écurie
Nicolás D. Perchicot ...
Le prêtre
Rafael Torrobo ...
Le vétérinaire
Le chef carabinier


Ursula leaves the convent where she was educated, to start living with her uncle, the count Ribera, and her aunt Florentine. When she arrives, she is confronted with a local drama: a youngman from the village, Lambert, whose sister took her own life, accuses the count of being responsible for his sister's death, for having sexually assaulted her. The two men have a duel of honour, in which Lambert is severely wounded, and the count's honour is saved. Ursula acts as a nurse to Lambert, and falls in love with him, only to find out that Lambert is secretly her aunt's lover. One night, the count too, finds out his wife's affair, and again the two men fight, this time Lambert kills the count. Ursula helps him to escape. Florence, mad with jealousy and hatred for her niece, sets the police after him. Written by Artemis-9

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Release Date:

21 October 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Night Heaven Fell  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The production was plagued with problems. Severe flooding happened in Spain during the filming. In addition, the director Roger Vadim, and actors Stephen Boyd and Brigitte Bardot all fell ill during the making of the movie. Stephen Boyd initially questioned whether he would work with Bardot again publicly (ironically he would work with Bardot again in 'Shalako'), but very quickly corrected his comments. His description of Bardot was that she had 'the mind of a child, but physically she was like a panther on the prowl.' He would later clarify his remarks to indicate that he 'loved' working with her, and that she won him over. They also became friends (See Vogue Magazine Feb 1958), and had a 'inside joke/word' they shared - 'beddibize'. See more »


The position of the bra and knickers (15th minute)hanging on the fence changes between shots. See more »


Le chef de la police: I'm used to criminals, not to lovers.
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Like a summer rain
6 September 2009 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

A love story in Spain. Delicate, silky and dramatic. A young girl in a strange world, a man out of law, a aunt who hopes in the transformation of past. Adventure and a dead body - innocent victim of a fight in which she has not place. A different Bardot and a brilliant Alida Vali. At the end,only the subtle wall , with romantic sketches. It is not a good or bad film. It is ordinary description of pieces of dream, shadows of reality, small things and childish desires. Nothing complicate and this is cause of the emotion at the movie's end. A feeling as a summer rain, warm and nostalgic, spiderweb in wind, the taste of evening and the silhouette of a Madame Bovary closed in everybody.

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