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The End of Belle (1961)

La mort de Belle (original title)
Stéphane Blanchon, who teaches at the International College, lives a quiet comfortable life in Geneva. He is married to Christine, a cold, dry-hearted woman, and his sentimental life is ... See full summary »

Director:

Édouard Molinaro

Writers:

Jean Anouilh, Georges Simenon (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Desailly ... Stéphane Blanchon
Alexandra Stewart ... Belle
Monique Mélinand Monique Mélinand ... Mme. Monique Blanchon
Yvette Etiévant ... Alice, la secrétaire du juge / Judge's Secretary
Jacques Monod Jacques Monod ... Le juge d'instruction Bechman / Judge Bechman
Marc Cassot ... Le commissaire / Police Officer
Jacques Pierre Jacques Pierre ... Philippe Berthe / Belle's Admirer
Yves Robert ... Le barman / Bartender
Louisa Colpeyn Louisa Colpeyn ... La mère de Belle / Belle's Mother
Van Doude ... Le docteur / Doctor
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... L'ivrogne / Stephane's Friend
Gabriel Gobin Gabriel Gobin
Suzanne Courtal Suzanne Courtal
George Cusin George Cusin ... Le directeur d'école, Monsieur Genet (as Georges Cusin)
Jacques Hilling Jacques Hilling
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Storyline

Stéphane Blanchon, who teaches at the International College, lives a quiet comfortable life in Geneva. He is married to Christine, a cold, dry-hearted woman, and his sentimental life is reduced to zero. One day, Belle Shermann, an American student and daughter of one of his wife's friends, comes to stay at their villa. The teacher hardly notices her. But his dull uneventful life is turned upside down when Belle is found strangled to death. Blanchon, who was alone with the victim but claims he was sleeping in his room at the time of the crime, is soon suspected of being the murderer... Written by Guy Bellinger

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From the distinguished pen of Georges Simenon and Jean Anoulih comes this highly literate tale of suspense - ignited in a quiet man - she haunted him - the indiscreet American girl.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 March 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Passion of Slow Fire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinéphonic, Odeon See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Molinaro's best.
13 June 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Molinaro's career cannot boast a lot of masterworks:most of his movies are commercial ,the likes of "la cage aux folles".But there are exceptions,notably "un témoin dans la ville""Arsène Lupin contre Arsène Lupin",and mainly "la mort de Belle" and the overlooked "Ironie Du Sort".

Adapted from Georges Simenon,"la mort de Belle" is a psychological detective story,with a topflight cast,including the excellent Jean Desailly,Alexandra Stewart,Yves Robert and Monique Mélinand.The subtle dialog was written by famous playwright,Jean Anouilh.A young American student (Stewart) lives with a forty-something couple,a teacher (Desailly) and his wife.The gorgeous girl is strangled and the teacher is the main suspect.Overnight,his private life is violated ,plain for all to see.Using cleverly the flashbacks,Molinaro reveals secrets,and shows that what is left unsaid may have dreadful consequences.

Despised by everybody,from his (vice-)principal to the girl's mother,the teacher does not know where he stands anymore,and tragedy awaits around the corner..

A gripping drama,that will keep you interested till its last pictures.If you should only see one Molinaro movie,this is definitely the one to choose.


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