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Tempest in the Flesh (1954)

La rage au corps (original title)
A dam is under construction in the Pyrénées mountains. All the workers only have eyes for pretty, sensual Clara, the canteen waitress. And what she exchanges with many of them is more than ... See full summary »


Ralph Habib


Paul Andréota (adaptation), Jean-Claude Aurel | 2 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Françoise Arnoul ... Clara
Philippe Lemaire ... André
Raymond Pellegrin ... Antonio 'Tonio' Borelli
Cathérine Gora Cathérine Gora ... Greta
Antoine Balpêtré ... Sébastien (as Balpêtré)
André Valmy André Valmy ... Le psychiatre de l'hôpital Ste Anne
René Blancard ... Le bistro
Jean-Claude Pascal ... Gino
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Azaïs ... Le garagiste
Gérard Buhr ... Paul, l'ouvrier polonais
Yvonne Claudie Yvonne Claudie
André Dalibert André Dalibert
Dominique Davray ... Margot, la plongeuse de la cantine
Jacques Dhéry Jacques Dhéry
Georges Galley Georges Galley ... Le camionneur


A dam is under construction in the Pyrénées mountains. All the workers only have eyes for pretty, sensual Clara, the canteen waitress. And what she exchanges with many of them is more than just looks, this is for sure. Nevertheless, despite her frivolity, Clara falls truly in love with Tonio Borelli, the site foreman. The latter takes her to Paris and they marry. But Clara soon realizes that the call of the flesh still consumes her... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Desire Smouldered in Her Body...Like a Fever! See more »




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5 February 1954 (France) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Religious crosses nestled in fleshy orbs.
25 February 2007 | by FilmSocietyMtlSee all my reviews

Despite its William Castle/Roger Corman exploitation-style structure, LA RAGE AU CORPS has its poignant moments and touches of cinematic brilliance. Book-ended by a mental institution authority addressing the audience, it deals with the sticky subject of young female nymphomania. The American title, TEMPEST IN THE FLESH is rather cheap. The lead role is played by a suitably stunning Francoise Arnoul, one of Europe's celebrated "Femme fatale". (Interestingly, she plays opposite Raymond Pellegrin who starred with Brigitte Bardot in a similarly themed film, LA LUMIERE D'EN FACE that was built entirely around Bardot's breasts. Both films feature the lead actress taking a graphically nude swim for no apparent reason other than to send audience pulses racing.) In RAGE AU CORPS, "Clara" makes an earnest effort to curb her promiscuity by marrying an honourable man, leaving the heavily male-populated construction job where they met and settling in Paris. But the moment her new husband goes away on business, she falls back into lusty "amateur hooker" mode. Inevitably, something violent occurs which lands her in hospital. The film ends with her husband visiting her after a lengthy life-threatening operation. She slowly awakes. Cut to: close-up of her with an ambiguous look of either contentment from having been "cured" or a look of intense "Let's do the nasty. Now." Does she live? Does she die? See this one… if only to try and figure out why so many of the female characters have religious crosses dangling from chains within their sweaty cleavage.

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