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The Burning Court

The Burning Court

A Feature film by Julien Duvivier

Produced by Ufa theatre, Comacico

Release in France : 30/03/1962

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Actors (13)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Ufa theatre, Comacico

Foreign production company :

Laura Cinematografica

Associate producer :

Taurus film

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Historian Michel Boissard (Walter Giller), is invited with his wife Marie (Édith Scob), a descendant of the Marchioness of Brinvilliers, the notorious poisoner, to the château of Mathias Desgrez (Frédéric Duvallès). Mathias Desgrez is a descendant of the last lover of the Marchioness, who denounced her. Mathias is adept in the occult arts, which he practises with his friend Dr. Hermann (Antoine Balpêtré). To the château come Marc Desgrez (Jean-Claude Brialy), and Stephane Desgrez (Claude Rich), nephews of Mathias, who are waiting impatiently for their inheritance. The wife of Marc, Lucy (Perrette Pradier) also has hopes. And Marc's mistress Myra (Nadja Tiller) who is Mathias' personal nurse, would like to accelerate Marc's uncle's death. Mathias himself is fascinated by Marie Boissard. One night, a little time later, Mathias dies having received a visit from a mysterious woman bringing him medications, and is seen by a servant. Mathias is buried and then his body disappears just when the analysis proves that he has undoubtedly been poisoned. By whom? Lucy - eager to inherit? Myra - to please her lover? Marie - to avenge her betrayed ancestor, by the ancestor of Mathias? Inspector Krauss (Claude Piéplu) enquires into the matter.

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Full credits (13)

Assistant Director :

Michel Romanoff

Author of original work :

John Dickson Carr

Screenwriter :

Julien Duvivier

Director of Photography :

Roger Fellous

Production Manager :

Ralph Baum

Continuity supervisor :

Annie Maurel

Production Designer :

Willy Schatz

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Charles Spaak

Producers :

Julien Duvivier, Yvon Guezel

Voice :

Jacqueline Porel

Sound Recordist :

Guy Chichignoud

Editors :

Paul Cayatte, Nicole Cayatte

Music Composer :

Georges Auric

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Feature film

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France, Italy, Germany

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Majority French (France, Italy, Germany)

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Runtime :

1 h 51 min

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Black & White

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