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A Woman Like Satan

A Woman Like Satan

A Feature film by Julien Duvivier

Produced by Pathé Distribution, Gray-Film, Progefi

Release in France : 13/02/0159

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Actors (16)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Pathé Distribution, Gray-Film, Progefi

Film exports/foreign sales :

Pathé Distribution

Foreign production company :

Dear Film

French distribution :

Pathé Distribution

TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

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Matteo Diaz is a wealthy gentleman who loves and respects his wife but doesn't find her attractive any longer because she is paralysed. He already has a certain reputation among women. Accordingly he doesn't hesitate to get close to Eva Marchand as soon as he has realised her beauty. But to his surprise she can't be bothered to show any appreciation for his advances. He begins trying to explain and justify his way of life and his interest in her. The more he tries, the harder she makes it on him. Eventually he is so humiliated that even his walk shows he is a broken man and that is the end of story.

Source : Wikipedia


It is the third adaptation of the correspondent classic novel.
At first glance Brigitte Bardot was predestined for this film because for many people she had become downright the incarnation of a femme fatale. Yet for that very reason everybody knows right from the start how the story will end. Eva Marchand walks the streets so proudly and so obviously aware of her attractivity that there is no doubt she knows it too. There is even a scene where a grown man spontaneously kisses her feet and she couldn't be less impressed. She shows just enough reaction to prove that her feet are not wooden. So when the ill-fated Don Matteo Diaz (Antonio Vilar) gets obsessed with her and doesn't even try to hide that, it must become his downfall, for it cannot be any other way.

Brigitte Bardot writes in her autobiography the crew used to call the director "Dudu" but despite that their rapport wasn't always perfect during the making of this film. She also stresses how the shooting in Sevilla during the Seville Fair became a hardship because of the heat.
Many critics wrote and still write negative reviews evaluating the film as a disappointment of some degree.

Source : Wikipedia

Full credits (13)

Executive Producer :

Christine Gouze-Renal

Adapters/dialogue writers :

Julien Duvivier, Jean Aurenche, Albert Valentin, Marcel Achard

Producers :

Christine Gouze-Renal, Pierre Cabaud, René Bezard, Louis Dolivet

Director of Photography :

Roger Hubert

Camera Operator :

Adolphe Charlet

Music Composer :

Jean Wiener

Costume designer :

Jacqueline Moreau

Assistant directors :

Fabien Collin, Alain Gouze

Author of original work :

Pierre Louÿs

Screenwriter :

Albert Valentin

Sound Recordist :

William-Robert Sivel

Editor :

Jacqueline Sadoul

Production Designer :

Georges Wakhevitch

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Feature film

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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1 h 42 min

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