Le Diable et les Dix Commandements is a film Franco-Italian with sketches (seven episodes in fact) realized by Julien Duvivier and release in 1962.

Personal comments : Louis de Funès is marked in the credits, he appears 16 minutes and 52 seconds to 1 hour, 34 minutes and 30 seconds after the beginning of the film ; he plays a swindler.

♦ Synopsis :

It is the Devil, in voice off Claude Rich, which comments on all the episodes and is used as red wire.

1er episode : Tu ne jureras point

Jerome Chambard, a pensioner that the chocolate éclairs of Saint-Vincent de Paul collected and who ensures the maintenance of the convent, swears like a carter, with their great fear. Not obtaining any improvement of its share, they decide to separate some. But when the bishop visits them, it recognizes as a Jerome his friend of childhood. It gives him the discharge in condition that this last, in penitence, learns the ten commands. One will find them in the 7e episode, epilogue of film.

2e episode : Tu ne convoiteras point, Luxurieux point ne seras et L'œuvre de chair ne désireras qu'en mariage seulement

Francoise Beaufort misleads her George husband with the rich person Philip Al to be able to obtain a superb collar of price. It dissimulates then its collar among jewels of imagination and the met in a bag which it deposits with the instruction of a station. Then she says to her husband that she found a left-luggage ticket and asks him to go to seek the object. The evening, when it returns in its residence, it finds her best Micheline friend in possession of the famous collar.

3e episode : Tu ne tueras point

The sister of the seminarist Denis Mayeux committed suicide by despair because of a criminal, Garigny, which forced it with prostituer. Denis gives up his wishes to avenge his sister while making stop the criminal. Fearing that Garigny is condemned only to a few months of prison, Denis causes it so that this one assassinates it right before the arrival of the police force and is caught in the act.

4e episode : Un seul Dieu tu adoreras

God arrives in a farm, achieves a false miracle (an old man which simulated the paralysis) and sets out again but it is caught up with by the male nurses of the psychiatric hospital from where he was escaped prisoner.

5e episode : Tes père et mère honoreras et Tu ne mentiras point

The young person Pierre Messager learns that his true mother is not Madeleine, that who raised it, but Clarisse Ardant, a famous actress. Pushed by curiosity, it visits him in the cabin of its theatre. Clarisse, ignoramus who it is, initially takes it for an admiror and plays the charmers ones but when it reveals his identity to him, it acknowledges to him that Marcel Messager is not his true father. Pierre, while returning to his false-truths parents, will redouble affection towards them.

6e episode : Tu ne déroberas point

Marine Didier, cash clerk of a bank, is returned by his owner. Just before it does not leave its counter, a burglar occurs to which Didier leaves dévaliser obligingly the bank. It is arranged then to recover the bag containing the nest egg and to flee with but the burglar catches up with it. They end up agreeing to divide the spoils and open finally the bag but it contains only one sausage and a liter of red. It was exchanged inadvertently with that of a tramp when Didier stopped in a coffee. The tramp, amazed to find a bag full with tickets, will be stopped by the police force.

7e episode : Les dimanches tu garderas

The protagonists of the 1 are founder sketch. Jerome is invited in his friend the bishop for the Sunday lunch. By clink glasses with Jerome, the bishop, completely drunk, does not remember any more of the ten commands.

The sketch “The work of flesh will only wish only in marriage” was crossed to the assembly (See “Around film”)


♦ Specification sheet :

  • Title : Le diable et les dix commandements
  • Director : Julien Duvivier
  • Scenario, adaptation, dialogues :
    • 1er episode : You will not swear
      – Scenario : Julien Duvivier
      – Dialogues : Henri Jeanson
    • 2e episode : You will not desire, Lustful will not be and The work of flesh will wish only in marriage only
      – Scenario : Julien Duvivier and Maurice Bessy
      – Dialogues : René Barjavel
    • 3e episode : You will not kill
      – According to the piece of news of David Alexander, Tu ne tueras point
      – Dialogues : René Barjavel
    • 4e episode : A single God you will like
      – Scenario : Julien Duvivier
      – Dialogues : René Barjavel
    • 5e episode : Your father and mother will honor and You will not lie
      – According to an idea of Maurice Bessy
      – Dialogues : Henri Jeanson
    • 6e episode : You will not steal
      – According to the piece of news of Richard Levinson and William Link
      – Dialogues : Michel Audiard
    • 7e episode : Every Sunday you will keep
      – Scenario : Julien Duvivier
      – Dialogues : Henri Jeanson
    • The sketch The work of flesh will wish only in marriage only, dialogues of Pascal Jardin, was cut in the editing (See section «Around the film»).
  • Music : Georges Garvarentz, Guy Magenta, Michel Magne
  • Musical direction : Michel Magne (editions musical : Eddie Barclay)
  • Director of the photography : Roger Fellous, assisted of René Schneider and Agathe Beaumont
  • Cameraman : Robert Schneider
  • Sound engineer : Fernand Janisse
  • Perchman : Fernand Sartin
  • Mixing : Guy Chichignoud
  • Decorator : François De Lamothe, assisted of René Calviera and Frédéric De Pasquale
  • Suits : Tanine Autré
  • Make-up man : Georges Bouban, assisted of Jacques Bouban
  • Production assistants : Tony Aboyantz, Pierre Desfons
  • Editor : Paul Cayatte, assisted of Nicole Colombier
  • Script-girl : Annie Maurel
  • General state control : Paul Dufour
  • Assistant manager : André Retbi
  • Outside manager : Roger Joint
  • Photographer of tray : Walter Limot
  • Property man : Maurice Terrasse
  • Administrator : Paul Maigret
  • Interior designer : Robert Christidès
  • Credits and special effects : Jean Fouchet
  • Country of origin : France, Italy
  • Society of production : Filmsonor (France), Mondex Films (France), Procinex (France), Incei Films (Italy), Almos Mezo (Franco-Italian), Intercontinental Production
  • Leader of production : Almos Mezo, Ralph Baum
  • Directors of production : Robert Amon, Claude Jaeger
  • Distributor of origin : Cinedis
  • Shooting : Studios of Boulogne (Hauts-de-Seine), France
  • Outside shooting : Paris, Cabourg (Calvados), Auvergne, Bruges (Belgium)
  • Format : Black and white — 2:35.1 Franscope — Monophonic sound (Western Electric Sound System) — 35 mm
  • Edition : Laboratory L.T.C Saint-Cloud — Society Optiphone
  • Genre : Comedy drama
  • Duration : 127 mn (DVD PAL 122 mn — Long version 144 mn)
  • Dates exit :
    • In September 14th, 1962 in France
    • In September 19th, 1962 in Italy
    • In October 14th, 1963 in the United States
  • Visa of exploitation : 26180


♦ Distribution :

  • For all the commands, in voice off :

    • Claude Rich (not-credited) : The Devil

    1er episode : You will not swear

    • Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
    • Lucien Baroux : Your Grace Hector Trousselier
    • Claude Nollier : The superior mother
    • Albert Michel : The greengrocer
    • Nina Myral : A parishioner (not credited)

    2e episode : You will not desire, Lustful will not be and The work of flesh will wish only in marriage only

    • Micheline Presle : Micheline Allan
    • Françoise Arnoul : Françoise Beaufort
    • Mel Ferrer : Philip Allan
    • Claude Dauphin : Georges Beaufort
    • And the not-credited :
      • Marcel Dalio : The jeweler
      • Claude Piéplu : A guard
      • Aimé de March : A guard
      • René Lefèbvre-Bel : The butler of Philip
      • Marie-France Pisier : An extra

    3e episode : You will not kill

    • Charles Aznavour : Denis Mayeux, the brother of Catherine, la suicidée
    • Lino Ventura : Garigny, the procurer
    • Maurice Biraud : Louis, the lieutenant
    • Henri Vilbert : Alexandre, the restaurant owner
    • Maurice Teynac : The superior father
    • Clément Harari : The hired man of Garigny
    • Guy Mairesse or Pierre Fromont : The hired man of Garigny
    • Yana Chouri : The woman to the restaurant

    4e episode : A single God you will like

    • Fernandel : The madman who takes himself for God alias "the father Gilbert"
    • Germaine Kerjean : The grandmother
    • Gaston Modot : Auguste, the grandfather
    • Claudine Maugey : Marie, the girl
    • René Clermont : The father
    • Josette Vardier : The mother

    5e episode : Your father and mother will honor and You will not lie

    • Alain Delon : Pierre Messager
    • Danielle Darrieux : Clarisse Ardant alias Solange Beauchon
    • Madeleine Robinson : Germaine Messager
    • Georges Wilson : Marcel Messager
    • Roland Armontel : Sir Mercier
    • Hubert Noël : The lover of Clarisse
    • Dominique Paturel : The comedian
    • Gaby Basset : The dresser
    • Robert Le Béal : The director
    • Raoul Marco : The comedian

    6e episode : You will not steal

    • Jean-Claude Brialy : Didier Marin, the bank employee
    • Louis de Funès : Antoine Vaillant, the swindler
    • Amarande (credited under the name of Armande Navarre) : Janine Millaud, betrothed of Didier Marin
    • Noël Roquevert : The inspector
    • Denise Gence : The chair attendant which gives mister Vaillant's address
    • Jean-Paul Moulinot : Bank manager
    • Jean Carmet : The tramp
    • André Gabriello : The sergeant
    • Yves Barsacq : The agent meadows of the riviere
    • Edmond Ardisson : An agent
    • Jean Luisi : The assistant complicates of the inspector
    • Jimmy Perrys : The bar
    • Henri Guegan : A man in the confrontation
    • Marc Arian : A man in the confrontation

    7e episode : Every Sunday you will keep

    • Michel Simon : Jérôme Chambard
    • Lucien Baroux : Your Grace Trousselier
    • Madeleine Clervanne : Delphine

    Distribution Unknown

    • Anne Beguet
    • Jean Gras
    • Dany Jacquet
    • Pierre Paulet
    • Max Elloy

♦ Comments :

Unslung comedy giving the beautiful share to Louis de Funès helped well by the dialogues with liveliness audiardesque (You will not conceal) until with the despair all duvivieresque (You will not kill), them Commands revisited by Julien Duvivier should satisfy all the tastes with their incredible casting. Indeed, (almost) all the stars Frenchwomen of years 1950 and 1960 are there, carrying out impeccably these Commands in their usual register. Michel Simon and Lucien Baroux open and close again film in two sketches jubilant rabelaisiens (You will not swear and Sundays you will keep) while the cold duplicity of Francoise Arnoul is confronted with the frivolity enjouée of Micheline Presle (You will not covet). One still sees there Fernandel climbing the levels by exchanging its exuberant défroque Don Camillo (created by same Duvivier) for that more retained of God straightforwardly more becoming… The sketch more moving is undoubtedly that dedicated to the love subsidiary (or with the very short love). The young person Alain Delon, after having met its évanescente and surface true mom Danielle Darrieux, much emotion gets to us when which it joined, overflowing of love, his false parents where the service of charismatic Madeleine Robinson, as a false mom, should tenderize most insensitive among us (Your father and mother will honour). These Commands, ordered well by Duvivier, circumvent the major difficulty of films with sketches, that of the "effect flipper" and, with final, a coherent unit and an original and successful cinematographic work constitute.

♦ Around the film :

  • The sketch "The work of flesh will only wish only in marriage", dialogues of Pascal Garden (second episode, only left to Germany and to Japan) was crossed to the assembly and its distribution was as follows :
    • Dany Saval : Mauricette/Tania
    • Roger Nicolas : Paulo, the husband of Tania
    • Henri Tisot : Philippe Dancourt
    • Betty Becker : A friend of Mauricette
    • Mireille Darc : A friend of Mauricette
    • Sherry Young : A friend of Mauricette
    • Pierre Sergeol : The caretaker
    • Bernard Musso