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The Devil and the Ten Commandments

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Director  Julien Duvivier
Country  France
7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama
Language  French
Le Diable et les Dix Commandements movie poster
Writer  David Alexander, Michel Audiard
Release date  14 September 1963
Initial release  September 14, 1962 (France)
Music director  Charles Aznavour, Georges Garvarentz, Guy Magenta, Michel Magne
Screenplay  Julien Duvivier, Michel Audiard, Rene Barjavel
Cast  Louis de Funès (Vaillant), Fernandel (Dieu / God), Charles Aznavour (Denis Mayeux), Lino Ventura (Garigny), Michel Simon (Jérôme Chambard), Micheline Presle (Micheline Allan)
Similar movies  Movies about the Ten Commandments, Directed by Julien Duvivier, Louis de Funes movies
Tagline  See what happens when the devil gets into a woman!

Le Diable et les Dix Commandements (English: The Devil and the Ten Commandments), is a French comedy-drama film from 1963, directed by Julien Duvivier, written by David Alexander and Michel Audiard, starring Michel Simon and Louis de Funès (uncredited). The cast list includes several famous French actors: Simon, de Funès, Fernandel, Danielle Darrieux, Lino Ventura, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Aznavour and a very young Alain Delon.


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According to Bosley Crowther only one from seven episodes tickled him, in which play Louis de Funes and Jean-Claude Brialy.

The film offers a perspective on sin and salvation. A snake proclaims – voice of Claude Rich – that it is our old friend, the Devil.


The film consists of seven roughly 15 minute episodes, each showing what will happen if one or more of the Ten Commandments will be broken. The episodes are either mini-dramas. The version available in Germany and Japan has eight episodes.

In the first episode Jérome Chambard is warned that he will lose his job if he continues to swear.

In second episode Françoise Beaufort enamored of a stripper calls on her only to find her married to a janitor who doesn't know what kind of dancing his wife performs.

In the third episode Denis, a Jesuit novice, leaves the order to avenge his sister's suicide, which was provoked by Garigny, who seduced her into prostitution and drug addiction.

In the fourth episode Philip buys a necklace for Micheline though he is bored with her. Fernandel (horse-faced) declares that he is God.

In the fifth episode a young man find out that his real mother is not Madeleine, but actress Clarisse Ardant.

In the sixth episode Didier Marin, cashier of a bank, was fired by his boss.

In the seventh episode the Devil appears as a serpent for Jérome Chambard and the bishop are eating.

1st episode

  • Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
  • Lucien Baroux : monsignor Hector Trousselier
  • Claude Nollier : grandmother
  • Albert Michel : the trader of firsts
  • Nina Myral : a parishioner (uncredited)
  • 2nd episode

  • Micheline Presle : Micheline Allan
  • Françoise Arnoul : Françoise Beaufort
  • Mel Ferrer : Philip Allan
  • Claude Dauphin : Georges Beaufort
  • Marcel Dalio : le bijoutier (uncredited)
  • Claude Piéplu : un vigile (uncredited)
  • Philippe March : un vigile (uncredited)
  • René Lefèvre-Bel : le majordome de Philip (uncredited)
  • Marie-France Pisier : figurante (uncredited)
  • 3rd episode

  • Charles Aznavour : Denis Mayeux, brother of Catherine (the committing suicide)
  • Lino Ventura : Garigny, the procurer
  • Maurice Biraud : Louis, the inspector of police
  • Henri Vilbert : Alexandre, the restaurateur
  • Maurice Teynac : grandfather
  • Clément Harari : a man of hand of Garigny
  • Guy Mairesse or Pierre Fromont : a man of hand of Garigny
  • Yana Chouri : a woman from the restaurant
  • 4th episode

  • Fernandel : the madman who is taken for God alias « le père Gilbert »
  • Germaine Kerjean : grandmother
  • Gaston Modot : Auguste, grandfather
  • Claudine Maugey : Marie, small girl
  • René Clermont : father
  • Josette Vardier : mother
  • 5th episode

  • Alain Delon : Pierre Messager
  • Danielle Darrieux : Clarisse Ardant alias Solange Beauchon
  • Madeleine Robinson : Germaine Messager
  • Georges Wilson : Marcel Messager
  • Roland Armontel : Monsieur Mercier
  • Hubert Noël : friend of Clarisse
  • Dominique Paturel : the actor
  • Gaby Basset : the dresser
  • Robert Le Béal : the movie director
  • Raoul Marco : an actor
  • 6th episode

  • Jean-Claude Brialy : Didier sailor, the bank clerk
  • Louis de Funès : Antoine Vaillant, the embezzler
  • Armande Navarre) : Janine Millaud, fiancée of Didier Marin
  • Noël Roquevert : inspector
  • 7th épisode

  • Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
  • Lucien Baroux : Monseigneur Trousselier
  • Madeleine Clervanne : Delphine
  • References

    The Devil and the Ten Commandments Wikipedia