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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 »

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Ursula
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Florentine
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Lambert
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Comte Miguel de Ribera (as Pepe Nieto)
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Tío (alternate version)
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Conchita (as Maruschi Fresno)
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Fernando
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Le chef de la police
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Le chauffeur
Mario Moreno ...
Alfonso
Tosi ...
Le capitaine
José María Tasso ...
Garçon d'écurie
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Le prêtre
Rafael Torrobo ...
Le vétérinaire
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Le chef carabinier
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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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A NEW film from the makers of "And God Created Woman" See more »

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

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21 October 1958 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Florentine: I should despise myself, but I'm madly happy.
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Crazy Credits

[prologue] autrefois, ceux qui les gendarmes traquaient sur les routes, s'appelaient entre eux "Les bijoutiers du clair de lune".

rendered in English by the sub-titles as: "People who were chased by the police on the roads called themselves "moonlight robbers"." See more »

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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #9.33 (1959) See more »

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A sexy Vadim classic!
16 August 2014 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

This is by far my favorite Brigitte Bardot movie! I love the Spanish scenery, I love her costumes, love the pulp-fiction semi-exploitation which Vadim teases us with, and I love Bardot's chemistry with Stephen Boyd (Ben Hur's 'Messala'). They make an absolutely sizzling screen pair together, and they look gorgeous. Boyd was one of her few English speaking co-stars (the first since Dirk Bogarde in 'Doctor at Sea', in fact). Boyd is like a hot-tempered bull in this. Even though he is dubbed, it doesn't detract from his performance. His muscular physique adds to the tension between himself and Bardot, who matches his intensity. Vadim's movies are always fun to watch, but I like the one in particular. It's just a sexy movie. He has a great way of directing Bardot and bringing out her best characteristics. Alida Valli is great as the seduced, then spurned woman. Can't ask for better entertainment in my opinion.


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