The Salamander (1971 film)

The Salamander (French: La Salamandre) is a 1971 Swiss drama film directed by Alain Tanner.[1][2] The film was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 45th Academy Awards but was not accepted as a nominee.[3]

The Salamander
Film poster
Directed byAlain Tanner
Produced byAlain Tanner
Written byJohn Berger
Alain Tanner
StarringBulle Ogier
Music byPatrick Moraz
CinematographySandro Bernardoni
Renato Berta
Edited byMarc Blavet
Brigitte Sousselier
Release date
  • 27 October 1971 (1971-10-27)
Running time
124 minutes


A young woman is accused of having shot her uncle, but she claims he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun. Two friends are commissioned to write a film script based on this incident. Each of them chooses an approach in accordance with his profession. The journalist interviews the young woman, yet her statements seem to be contradictory. The romancier just makes up some fictitious explanations which seem plausible, but when he gets to know the woman she's very different from what he has imagined. In the end both refrain from working on this film project.


  • Bulle Ogier as Rosemonde
  • Jean-Luc Bideau as Pierre
  • Jacques Denis as Paul
  • Véronique Alain as Suzanne
  • Daniel Stuffel as the boss at the shoe shop
  • Marblum Jequier as Paul's wife (as Marblum Jéquier)
  • Marcel Vidal as Rosemonde's uncle
  • Dominique Catton as Roger
  • Violette Fleury as the mother of the boss at the shoe shop
  • Mista Préchac as Rosemonde's mother

See also


  1. "La Salamandre". wordpress. Retrieved 3 December 2011.
  2. "The Salamander". Retrieved 11 March 2014.
  3. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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