WriterDavid Alexander, Michel Audiard Release date14 September 1963 Initial releaseSeptember 14, 1962 (France) Music directorCharles Aznavour, Georges Garvarentz, Guy Magenta, Michel Magne ScreenplayJulien Duvivier, Michel Audiard, Rene Barjavel CastLouis de Funès (Vaillant), Fernandel (Dieu / God), Charles Aznavour (Denis Mayeux), Lino Ventura (Garigny), Michel Simon (Jérôme Chambard), Micheline Presle (Micheline Allan) Similar moviesMovies about the Ten Commandments, Directed by Julien Duvivier, Louis de Funes movies
TaglineSee 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.
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.
Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
Lucien Baroux : monsignor Hector Trousselier
Claude Nollier : grandmother
Albert Michel : the trader of firsts
Nina Myral : a parishioner (uncredited)
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)
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
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
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
Jean-Claude Brialy : Didier sailor, the bank clerk
Louis de Funès : Antoine Vaillant, the embezzler
Armande Navarre) : Janine Millaud, fiancée of Didier Marin