The Night Heaven Fell
|The Night Heaven Fell (Les Bijoutiers du claire de lune)|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roger Vadim|
|Produced by||Raoul Lévy|
|Written by||Roger Vadim
|Music by||Georges Auric|
|Release date(s)||April 16, 1958 (France)
October 21, 1958 (U.S.)
|Running time||93 minutes|
The Night Heaven Fell (Les bijoutiers du claire de lune) is a 1958 French-Italian film directed by Roger Vadim. Vadim had already acquired international fame with his daring debut And God Created Woman (1956). Like its predecessor, The Night Heaven Fell explored the exuberant sensuality of Brigitte Bardot, who was Vadim's wife at the time.
Set in rural Spain, Bardot plays Ursula, a young girl who has just left a convent and has moved in with her aunt Florentine and her violent husband, the count Ribera. Ribera wants to see Lambert, a young man from the village, dead. Ursula quickly falls in love with Lambert. In a confrontation between the two, Lambert kills Ribera in self-defence.
The reason for the conflict soon becomes clear to Ursula: he was having an affair with her aunt. However, when Florentine discovers her lover has no intention of making any commitment to her, she refuses to confirm Lambert's alibi to the police and forces him into becoming a fugitive. Ursula, always impulsive, runs off with him and together they seek a way to get him safely out of the country.
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