The Female (1959 film)

The Female (French: La Femme et le Pantin, Italian: Femmina), released in the United Kingdom as A Woman Like Satan, is a 1959 French-Italian drama film directed by Julien Duvivier. It is the third adaptation of the novel La Femme et le pantin by Pierre Louÿs.

La Femme et le Pantin / Femmina
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Directed byJulien Duvivier
Written byJulien Duvivier
Albert Valentin
Jean Aurenche
Marcel Achard
Based onLa Femme et le pantin[1]
by Pierre Louÿs
Produced byChristine Gouze-Rénal
Fred Surin
StarringBrigitte Bardot
CinematographyRoger Hubert
Edited byJacqueline Sadoul
Music byJean Wiener
José Rocca
Release date
  • 13 February 1959 (1959-02-13) (France)
  • 4 March 1959 (1959-03-04) (Italy)
Running time
100 minutes
Box office2,453,892 admissions (France)[2]


Mateo Diaz is a wealthy gentleman who loves and respects his wife but doesn't find her attractive any longer because she is paralysed. He already has a certain reputation among women. Accordingly, he doesn't hesitate to get close to Eva Marchand as soon as he has realised her beauty. But to his surprise she can't be bothered to show any appreciation for his advances. He begins trying to explain and justify his way of life and his interest in her. The more he tries, the harder she makes it on him. Eventually he is so humiliated that even his walk shows he is a broken man and that is the end of story.



Brigitte Bardot writes in her autobiography[3] that the crew used to call the director "Dudu" but despite that, their rapport wasn't always perfect during the making of this film. She also stresses how the shooting in Sevilla during the Seville Fair became a hardship because of the heat.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "La Femme et le pantin von Pierre Louÿs (e-book download)". Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  2. ^ Box office information for film at Box office story
  3. ^ Extrait de ses mémoires, Initiales BB, Éditions Grasset, Paris, 1996, ISBN 2-246-52601-9

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