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The Burning Court

The Burning Court

A Feature film by Julien Duvivier

Produced by Comacico

Release in France : 30/03/1962

    Synopsis

    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.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Comacico

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Gaumont

    Foreign production companies :

    Laura Cinematografica, Taurus Film

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    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

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy, Germany

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy, Germany)

    Production year :

    1961

    French release :

    30/03/1962

    Runtime :

    1 h 51 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    25011

    Visa issue date :

    29/03/1962

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.85

    Audio format :

    Mono