Night Heaven Fell

The Night Heaven Fell

Director: Roger Vadim

Cast: Alida Valli, Stephen Boyd, Pepe Nieto

     
 
This Brigitte Bardot vehicle is better known by its American title, The Night Heaven Fell. Bardot plays a young, sensuous French girl named Ursula, who arrives in a Spanish mountain community to visit her aunt (Alida Valli) and uncle (Pepe Nieto). It isn't long before uncle is killed by handsome stranger Lamberto (Stephen Boyd). Against her better judgement,

Overview

This Brigitte Bardot vehicle is better known by its American title, The Night Heaven Fell. Bardot plays a young, sensuous French girl named Ursula, who arrives in a Spanish mountain community to visit her aunt (Alida Valli) and uncle (Pepe Nieto). It isn't long before uncle is killed by handsome stranger Lamberto (Stephen Boyd). Against her better judgement, Ursula falls in love with Lamberto, and helps him to elude the authorities-thereby beating her Aunt (who also loves Lamberto) to the punch . The Night Heaven Fell was the third feature-length directorial effort of Bardot's then-husband Roger Vadim.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Night Heaven Fell is a frustrating film. There's much in it to admire, yet there's also so much that's simply bad that one watches Night wishing that the good parts could be surgically removed and placed into a better film. As is often the case with a Roger Vadim production, much of what is good is visual. Simply put, there are some absolutely stunning shots here, with Armand Thirard's color photography capturing some gorgeous landscapes, focusing on a flash of vibrant color there, a lovely muted pastel there. Vadim and Thirard are masters at finding not only a range of beauty in the surroundings but at unearthing the drama in those surroundings. Unfortunately, that drama is often largely self-contained; it creates an impression by itself, but that impression does not necessarily reinforce or even tie in with the drama that is supposedly at the core of the film. That core drama -- or, to be accurate, overheated melodrama -- is one of the flaws of Night. It's a trashy, overblown story that simply doesn't hold the interest. Vadim's direction of this part of the film is choppy and insufficiently inspired. This doesn't help his cast, which struggles valiantly. Brigitte Bardot's performance is game, but perhaps a bit too much so. She tries hard, but her best moments are those when she simply lets the incredible Bardot magic ease in and cast its spell. When that happens, she's incandescent and it's hard to look away. Stephen Boyd has no such moments and it generally inept here, but Alida Valli is very good and gives the film its best acting moments.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/25/2001
UPC:
0037429161029
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Homevision
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
1:33:00

Special Features

New digital transfer enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Theatrical trailers for "The Night Heaven Fell," "Plucking the Daisy," and "And God Created Woman"; Comprehensive Brigitte Bardot filmography; New and improved English subtitle translations

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alida Valli Florentine
Stephen Boyd Lamberto
Pepe Nieto Count Ribera
Brigitte Bardot Ursula Desfontaines
Fernando Rey Uncle
Maruchi Fresno Conchita
Adriano Dominguez Fernando
Jose Marco Davo Chief Policeman
Antonio Vico Count's Driver
Cantinflas Alfonso
José Nieto Actor

Technical Credits
Roger Vadim Director,Screenwriter
Jean André Art Director
Georges Auric Score Composer
Raoul J. Lévy Producer
Victoria Mercanton Editor
Jacques Metehen Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacques Remy Screenwriter
Armand Thirard Cinematographer
Peter Viertel Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Night Heaven Fell
0. Chapters
1. Logo/Credits [:05]
2. Hitching a Ride [:05]
3. The Fight [3:28]
4. Love at First Sight [2:38]
5. Dirty and Corrupt [4:45]
6. Fiesta Bound [2:43]
7. Let Me Try It [6:02]
8. It Was Self-Defense [4:08]
9. Funeral Procession [5:18]
10. A Woman Scorned [4:40]
11. Rescuing the Man She Loves [4:39]
12. On Foot [5:35]
13. Amongst the Gypsies [6:31]
14. Flowers for the Maiden [4:49]
15. Paying for the Information [4:57]
16. On the Run [3:34]
17. Escape to Nowhere [4:21]
19. I Love You [4:57]
18. Swear [5:41]

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