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The End of Belle (1961)

La mort de Belle (original title)
Stéphane Blanchon, who teaches at the International College, lives a quiet comfortable life in Geneva. He is married to Christine, a cold, dry-hearted woman, and his sentimental life is ... See full summary »


Édouard Molinaro


Jean Anouilh, Georges Simenon (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Desailly ... Stéphane Blanchon
Alexandra Stewart ... Belle Shermann
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Christine Blanchon
Yvette Etiévant ... Nina Graff - la secrétaire du juge / Judge's Secretary
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le juge d'instruction Beckman / Judge Beckman
Marc Cassot ... Le commissaire Georges Dalcroze / Police Officer
Jacques Pierre Jacques Pierre ... Philippe Berthé / Belle's Admirer
Yves Robert ... Le barman du little Cottage / Bartender
Louisa Colpeyn ... Lorraine Shermann - la mère de Belle / Belle's Mother
Van Doude ... Le professeur Lewis / Psychiatrist
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... L'ivrogne / Stephane's Friend
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin ... Le sergent de police Ruchet
Suzanne Courtal Suzanne Courtal ... Madame Pidoux
George Cusin George Cusin ... Monsieur Genet - le directeur du collège (as Georges Cusin)
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling ... Le gendarme Cristever


Stéphane Blanchon, who teaches at the International College, lives a quiet comfortable life in Geneva. He is married to Christine, a cold, dry-hearted woman, and his sentimental life is reduced to zero. One day, Belle Shermann, an American student and daughter of one of his wife's friends, comes to stay at their villa. The teacher hardly notices her. But his dull uneventful life is turned upside down when Belle is found strangled to death. Blanchon, who was alone with the victim but claims he was sleeping in his room at the time of the crime, is soon suspected of being the murderer... Written by Guy Bellinger

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From the distinguished pen of Georges Simenon and Jean Anoulih comes this highly literate tale of suspense - ignited in a quiet man - she haunted him - the indiscreet American girl.


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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French visa # 23812. See more »


L'ivrogne: Have you ever been young?
Stéphane Blanchon: I'm afraid not.
L'ivrogne: Too bad, it allows you to be old!
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Version of Jusqu'à l'Enfer (2009) See more »


Music by Marc Lanjean
Written and sung by Raymond Mamoudi
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"Come, daddy" : Molinaro's masterpiece

Edouard Molinaro was a great director, not for his successes in comedies, but for his first noir movies : "le Dos au mur" (1958), "un Témoin dans la ville" (1959), "des Femmes disparaissent" (1959), and "la Mort de Belle" (1961). I hadn't seen this "Mort de Belle" for more than 30 years, it's still not available in cassette vidéo, dvd or br, but was on channel a few times. Unbelievable, the three others Molinaro noir movies are available on dvd but not this one, his very best. Everything is stunning. The story, first, is adapted from Simenon by Jean Anouilh, telling the story of a teacher (Jean Desailly, touching as a simple and modest man) accused of murder of a young beautiful american student at his own place. And his worst ennemy is the local judge played by Jacques Monod (specialist of judge and lawyer characters) who wants his head even if the teacher seems innocent. Drama's inevitable. Lot of perverted details bring that drama. What a disgrace.

We want justice, bring back this french noir treasure in a restored print on dvd br. There are too many forgotten and unavailable french gems, by dozens, release them before they totally disappear forever. Like another Molinaro masterpiece "l'Ironie du sort" (also advised by the only reviewer of "Mort de Belle").

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Release Date:

3 March 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passion of Slow Fire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinéphonic, Odeon See more »
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1.66 : 1
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