The Devil and the Ten Commandments

Le Diable et les Dix Commandements (English: The Devil and the Ten Commandments), is a French comedy-drama film from 1963, directed by Julien Duvivier, written by David Alexander and Michel Audiard, starring Michel Simon and Louis de Funès (uncredited). The cast list includes several famous French actors: Simon, de Funès, Fernandel, Danielle Darrieux, Lino Ventura, Jean-Claude Brialy, Charles Aznavour and a very young Alain Delon.

Le Diable et les Dix Commandements
Original French film poster
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Produced byHoche Productions, Films Odéon,
U.F.A, Comacico (France)
Written byDavid Alexander
Michel Audiard
StarringMichel Simon
Louis de Funès
Music byGeorges Garvarentz
Guy Magenta
Michel Magne
Distributed byCinédis (1962) (France)
Union Film Distributors Inc. (1963) (USA)
Release date
14 September 1963
Running time
143 minutes;
126 minutes (France)
Box office$13.6 million[1]

According to Bosley Crowther only one from seven episodes tickled him, in which play Louis de Funes and Jean-Claude Brialy.[2]

The film offers a perspective on sin and salvation. A snake proclaims – voice of Claude Rich – that it is our old friend, the Devil.[2]


The film consists of seven roughly 15 minute episodes, each showing what will happen if one or more of the Ten Commandments will be broken. The episodes are either mini-dramas. The version available in Germany and Japan has eight episodes.

In the first episode Jérome Chambard is warned that he will lose his job if he continues to swear.

In second episode Françoise Beaufort enamored of a stripper calls on her only to find her married to a janitor who doesn't know what kind of dancing his wife performs.

In the third episode Denis, a Jesuit novice, leaves the order to avenge his sister's suicide, which was provoked by Garigny, who seduced her into prostitution and drug addiction.

In the fourth episode Philip buys a necklace for Micheline though he is bored with her. Fernandel (horse-faced) declares that he is God.

In the fifth episode a young man find out that his real mother is not Madeleine, but actress Clarisse Ardant.

In the sixth episode Didier Marin, cashier of a bank, was fired by his boss.

In the seventh episode the Devil appears as a serpent for Jérome Chambard and the bishop are eating.[3]


1st episode

2nd episode

3rd episode

  • Charles Aznavour : Denis Mayeux, brother of Catherine (the committing suicide)
  • Lino Ventura : Garigny, the procurer
  • Maurice Biraud : Louis, the inspector of police
  • Henri Vilbert : Alexandre, the restaurateur
  • Maurice Teynac : grandfather
  • Clément Harari : a man of hand of Garigny
  • Guy Mairesse or Pierre Fromont : a man of hand of Garigny
  • Yana Chouri : a woman from the restaurant

4th episode

5th episode

6th episode

7th épisode

See also


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