by Tony Richardson 1h45min United Kingdom 1965
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by Tony Richardson

In a French village, Manou is an Italian logger, virile, with a broad laugh. He can't say no to women's sexual invitations, and jealous villagers blame him for recent fires and a flood. He is innocent; the culprit is "Mademoiselle," town schoolmarm, a recent arrival admired by all, but sexually repressed and obsessed with Manou. She sets the first fire accidentally and throbs watching a shirtless Manou perform heroics. Subsequent catastrophes are no accident and express her mad passion for him. Also, after befriending Manou's son, she turns on the lad, making him miserable and raising his suspicions. Her designs, Manou's frank innocence, and the town's xenophobia mix explosively.

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  • Jeanne Moreau : Mademoiselle
  • Ettore Manni : Manou
  • Umberto Orsini : Antonio
  • And with: Keith Skinner, Georges Aubert, Jean Gras, Jane Beretta


  • Director Tony Richardson
  • Scenario Marguerite Duras, Jean Genet
  • Photo director David Watkin
  • Set Design Jacques Saulnier, Charles Mérangel
  • Costume Design Jocelyn Rickards
  • Sound Peter Handford
  • Editing Sophie Coussein, Anthony Gibbs
  • Original music Antoine Duhamel
  • Producer Woodfall Film Productions, Neil Hartley, Claude Jaeger, Oscar Lewenstein
  • Production Compagny Procinex, Woodfall Films Productions
  • Distributor Universal Pictures

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio2,35:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1965
  • Release date for France06/03/1966
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageEnglish
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