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The Night Heaven Fell (1958)

Brigitte Bardot , Alida Valli , Roger Vadim  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Brigitte Bardot, Alida Valli, Stephen Boyd, José Nieto, Fernando Rey
  • Directors: Roger Vadim
  • Writers: Roger Vadim, Albert Vidalie, Jacques Rémy, Peter Viertel
  • Producers: Raoul Lévy
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005M2C8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Night Heaven Fell" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New digital transfer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation

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Product Description

Two years after she revolutionized the foreign film market by starring in husband Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman, Bardot and Vadim reunited to unleash that seductive persona of the virginal temptress upon rural Spain in The Night Heaven Fell. Fresh from the convent, Ursula (Bardot) becomes embroiled in the bizarre Oedipal rituals being carried out by her Aunt, Uncle and local stud Lamberto (Stephen Boyd). After he kills her lecherous Uncle and sleeps with her sexually deprived Aunt (Alida Valli), Ursula and Lamberto flee to the hills. And that's when things really heat up. Home Vision Entertainment is proud to present this Cinemascope extravaganza in a luminous new transfer enhanced for 16X9 televisions.

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Two years after she revolutionized the foreign film market by starring in husband Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman, Bardot and Vadim reunited to unleash that seductive persona of the virginal temptress upon rural Spain in The Night Heaven Fell. Fresh from the convent, Ursula (Bardot) becomes embroiled in the bizarre Oedipal rituals being carried out by her Aunt, Uncle and local stud Lamberto (Stephen Boyd). After he kills her lecherous Uncle and sleeps with her sexually deprived Aunt (Alida Valli, The Third Man), Ursula and Lamberto flee to the hills. And that's when things really heat up. Home vision Entertainment is proud to present this Cinemascope extravaganza in a new digital transfer enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars B.B., a kaleidoscope of dynamic excitement... December 18, 2006
Format:DVD
In 1956, Roger Vadim made a sensational debut as a motion picture director with 'And God Created Woman', a daringly erotic film that challenged conventional views of romanticism... Vadim presented the nude body of his young wife, Brigitte Bardot, in all the splendor of CinemaScope with beautiful Technicolor photography...

Along with Francois Truffaut, Louis Malle, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Demy and Agnes Varda, Vadim was one of the founding members of the revolutionary French New Wave, to push the sexual archetype...

His subsequent films revealed him to be an accomplished European filmmaker with an eye for visual beauty and decorative elegance, but in content, his films have often been superficial and lacking in narrative strength... Sexual relations have been a recurrent theme in his films, the plot of which have often revolved around the undisputed beauty of his succession of wives - Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, and Jane Fonda...

"The Night Heaven Fell" is the second collaboration between Vadim and Bardot... Vadim seems to have attempted to recapture the freshness and essence of the 'B.B.' he had helped to shape, but the re-creation escaped him, despite the careful choice of Albert Vidalie's novel and the casting of Stephen Boyd as leading man...

Bardot's innocently natural mannerisms had disappeared, and it seemed that she no longer needed Vadim to make use of her talents as an accomplished actress... Claude Autant-Lara succeeded much more with his film, 'Love Is My Profession,' playing Brigitte opposite Jean Gabin and Edwige Feuillere... Bardot came off as more than a sexual image, her persona giving life to the character she portrayed...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!! April 22, 2002
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This was a very interesting film. The dynamics between the main characters was very intriguing. While she may not have been the greatest actress of her time, Brigitte Bardot was good, and she is soooo beautiful. I found Bardot to be very expressive vs. the rather wooden Stephen Boyd. The scenery was beautiful, and the movie was a pleasure to watch. Highly recommend this for any Bardot fan.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Batdot and Boyd SIZZLE July 11, 2000
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While there is one raw sequence of frank sensuality between Bardot and Boyd, the impact of this film lies in its subtle underplayed performances--Alida Valli gives one of her best portrayals as the ambivalent rival aunt to Bardot in conquering Boyd... the stud of the piece.. Only Vadim could have such a role reversal in late 50's cinema! Excellent scoreby Auric and sumptious location photography. Bravo!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bardot sizzles but Boyd fizzles June 7, 2002
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This movie had the potential of being an exceptional love story but Boyd's portrayal of the lead character, Lamberto, just doesn't cut it in my view. Lamberto is virtually devoid of any charm, emotion, passion or romantic qualities. How can two women fall in love with this guy is beyond my comprehension.
The best performance is given by Alida Valli, the aunt of Bardot.
Bardot gives a solid performance as a hopelessly-in-love young woman. At least she shows some emotion and passion unlike her male co-star. Bardot's uninhibited style is never more evident than in this movie. However, in some scenes Bardot is simply being pushed and tossed around like a rag doll by Boyd. Not exactly what I would call great chemistry between the two.
A more charming, sensitive and passionate Lamberto would have made this a more compelling movie. Nonetheless, I do believe the movie is far from a complete washout. It is certainly worthy of purchase by any Bardot fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Unlike some of Brigitte Bardot's films, this film has a recognizable plot. She plays a young woman sent to live with her aunt and her aunt's husband in Spain. The husband makes a pass at Bardot, but is turned down. She prefers the young rebel in town played by Stephen Boyd. They run away together after Boyd kills the aunt's husband. The reason I bought this film is for Bardot's two or three nude scenes. I didn't know nudity was allowed in 1958 when this film was made. It's another Roger Vadim film. I think Vadim and Bardot were married when they made it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Showcase for pretty, pouty Brigitte Bardot May 23, 2012
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The Brigitte Bardot of the 1950s was just developing her sex kitten style, provocatively posing and walk-gliding, teasing with a minimum of nudity (half-exposed breasts and backside), showering - in a bikini! - and otherwise doing gratuitous things like pillow fighting and mock bullfighting. She is lovely to watch, and Stephen Boyd is her sulky, smouldering lover who murdered her rich uncle, his former employer, and is now on the run with Bardot trailing along. The story is similar to Godard's "Breathless" though not as good, a much better effort was "Contempt" which Bardot filmed for Godard in the early 60s. Though the story is thin, the rocky Spanish countryside scenery is lovely, as was the young Bardot.
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