The Passion of Slow Fire

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The Passion of Slow Fire (French: La Mort de Belle) is a 1961 French crime drama film directed by Édouard Molinaro and based on the novel La mort de Belle by Georges Simenon.[1]

The Passion of Slow Fire
Directed byÉdouard Molinaro
Screenplay byJean Anouilh
StarringJean Desailly
Alexandra Stewart
Narrated byLa mort de Belle by Georges Simenon
Release date
  • 3 March 1961 (1961-03-03)
Running time
90 minutes


Critical receptionEdit

The New York Times called it "an elegantly comprehensive and persuasive movie version of a Georges Simenon novel" and "concise, introspective drama," and added that "the fascination of the impeccable acting of a first-rate cast, headed by Jean Desailly, is the exquisitely restrained flow and fusion of the incidents, as the protagonist finds his soul stripped bare." The reviewer also praised "director Edouard Molinaro's austere pacing" and wrote that "the adaptation by Jean Anouilh, the playwright, is so visual that it absorbs some brief flashbacks and the protagonist's occasional narration like a sponge."[2] TV Guide described it as "an entertaining crime drama from a novel by the masterful Georges Simenon."[3]


  1. ^ "The Passion of Slow Fire". UniFrance. Retrieved 2020-01-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Screen: 'The Passion of Slow Fire' at Normandie". The New York Times. 1962-10-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  3. ^ "The Passion Of Slow Fire | TV Guide". Retrieved 2019-10-19.

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