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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 »

Director:

Roger Vadim

Writers:

Jacques Rémy (adaptation) (as J. Rémy), Roger Vadim (adaptation) (as R. Vadim) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Bardot ... Ursula
Alida Valli ... Florentine
Stephen Boyd ... Lambert
José Nieto ... Comte Miguel de Ribera (as Pepe Nieto)
Fernando Rey ... Tío (alternate version)
Maruchi Fresno ... Conchita (as Maruschi Fresno)
Adriano Domínguez ... Fernando
José Marco Davó ... Le chef de la police
Antonio Vico ... Le chauffeur
Mario Moreno Mario Moreno ... Alfonso
Tosi Tosi ... Le capitaine
José María Tasso ... Garçon d'écurie
Nicolás D. Perchicot ... Le prêtre
Rafael Torrobo Rafael Torrobo ... Le vétérinaire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Antonio Prieto ... Le chef carabinier
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

BRIGITTE BARDOT in Her First NEW Film Since "And God Created Woman"...from the same producer...writer...director! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Night Heaven Fell See more »

Filming Locations:

Almería, Andalucía, Spain See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Ursula: Don't kill this little creature, Lamberto. Don't kill my pig. Don't kill him, please. He's our little friend, I love him. No! No!
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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 Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Bad, bad, bad
25 April 2019 | by MegaSuperstarSee all my reviews

It is difficult to find a point of interest in this film except if you are a male looking for a scantily clad Bardot or interested in watching the miserable way of life in south Spain during Franco's period. Spanish most poor gypsies lived in sacromonte, near Granada, in caves dug in the rock because they couldn't even afford to live in a shanty. Rural southern Spain was a combination of misery and illiteracy where only the local cacique had things like running water or electricity. In this context is set this movie, where a girl just released from a convent and without a bit of shyness arrives to join their uncles. Miss Bardot's brat dumb character is so infamously used to exploit her anathomy at the slightest opportunity that it cringes to say the least. Although mr. Boyd's character is not far behind in terms of silliness. What else to say except that best acting - if that means a thing in a film like this- comes from totally wasted Alida Valli, Stephen Boyd (Messala, where are you?) and - in a brief appearance- Fernando Rey (miles away from French Connection) who do the best they can with the poor material they are given. All in all, a movie made to the greater glory of miss Bardot that does not deserve a watching.


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