This Desired Body

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This Desired Body
Directed by Luis Saslavsky
Written byJuliette Saint-Giniez
Luis Saslavsky
Produced by Simon Barstoff
StarringDaniel Gelin
Belinda Lee
CinematographyPierre Petit
Distributed byLes Films Fernand Rivers (France)
Release date
April 1959
Running time
105 mins
Box office942,092 admissions (France) [1]

This Desired Body is a 1959 French film. It was also known as Ce corps tant désiré and Way of the Wicked.



A young man, Guilaume, loses his job in Paris, and returns home to a seaside town, accompanied by Lina, a prostitute on the run from police. Guillaume's family, the Ferauds, runs a mussel packing factory with Henri Messardier. Henri is attracted to Lina but is unable to handle the fact she was a prostitute; he gets drunk and hits a workmate who insults her, accidentally killing him. He refuses to see Lina in prison and she marries Guillaume. Guillaume's sister Marinette adores Henri but he is unable to forget Lina.



Filming took place in Paris in September-October 1958. Belinda Lee was still under contract to the Rank Organisation at the time. [2]


Variety called it "a sort of laborious version of And God Created Woman sans the snap and jolt of the latter. Result is a fairly plodding vehicle with some exploitation factors on its^theme and sex scenes. Otherwise its literary tone and unshaped characters limit this for stronger chances. abroad... Film has a good production, gloss but actors can not do much with their unclear roles. On-the-spot lensing in a little fishing village helps^." [3]

Monthly Film Bulletin called it "a laborious romantic melodrama along the lines of And God Created Woman with a mussel-picking milieu but little else in the way of surprise. The actors can do nothing with their unshaped, conventional roles and literary conception. The late Belinda Lee gives an uninhibited but sympathetic performance in a part she was to make her own, the prostitute reformed, and the production has gloss; but all in all this was one of Miss Lee's more plodding vehicles." [4]

Filmink called it " not a bad little movie, helped by location filming and a frank attitude to sex, and Lee looks terrific." [5]

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  2. "Paris". Variety. 1 October 1958. p. 70.
  3. "This Desired Body review". Variety. 10 June 1959. p. 6.
  4. WAY OF THE WICKED "(Ce Corps tant désiré)" Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 28, Iss. 324, (Jan 1, 1961): 169.
  5. Vagg, Stephen (September 7, 2020). "A Tale of Two Blondes: Diana Dors and Belinda Lee". Filmink.