Un bon petit diable

From Spanking Art
Illustration from the novel.

Un bon petit diable (translation: A good little devil) is a French novel by the Comtesse de Ségur, first published in 1865.

The children's novel, set in Scotland in 1848, tells the story of an orphan boy who is always maltreated and punished. The Comtesse de Ségur also wrote Les Petites Filles modèles, another children's novel that features a lot of corporal punishment.

Illustrations from the original novel[edit]

The original publication of Un bon petit diable was illustrated by Horace Castelli.

1911/1913 play and 1914 silent film[edit]

The French poet and playwright Rosemonde Gérard and Maurice Rostand co-wrote a French play based on the novel in 1911. In 1913, an English adaption of the play, under the title "A Good Little Devil", was produced on Broadway, starring Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish.

In 1914 the play was in turn made into a movie directed by Edwin S. Porter. Mary Pickford starred also in the movie, which was her first feature-length film. She later opined that the movie was one of the worst—if not the worst—she had ever made. The film is essentially lost, with only one of the five reels surviving.

1923 film[edit]

The 1923 film.

In 1923, René Leprince made a new silent film of Un bon petit diable, in French.

Spoiler warning


The 16-minute film features a quick F/m beating with a stick, with the boy laid over the seat of a chair (at about 03:15), and another similar beating with the boy laid over a table (at about 07:40). The boy's kilt is raised for his second spanking, but the camera avoids showing his bare bottom. The following boarding school scenes feature male teachers armed with martinets, but we don't see the martinets being actually used. Instead, the boys pull a successful prank in which it is the teachers who end up with their trousers off.

1961 film[edit]

Jean-Paul Carrère produced a made-for-television film of Un bon petit diable in 1961.

1983 film[edit]

A selection of scenes from the 1983 film.

In 1983, the novel was again made a movie, directed by Jean-Claude Brialy.

Spoiler warning


In that film, the setting was moved to 1860, Normandy, France. In a village near the sea, the young orphan Charles (Paul Courtois), whose parents have died, is raised by the evil and tyrannical widow Mac'Miche (Alice Sapritch) who enjoys punishing him. Despite the goodwill of the servant Betty (Bernadette Lafont), Charles is always punished and whipped.

As soon as he can, he begins to meet with Juliette (Géraldine Guyon), a blind girl who is 2 years older to him.

The spanking scenes[edit]

The movie has no less than seven corporal punishment related scenes for its 10-year-old hero:

  • Showing the marks
  • Receiving the martinet
  • Spanked in bed (this scene has to be seen to be believed as it looks very authentic and the actor complained that he was bruised for 3 days)
  • A hand printing session
  • Preparing for a caning
  • Seeing a boy whipped with a martinet in the dormitory
  • Seeing a line up of boys being whipped with a martinet

In the last scene (starting at 05:38 in the video on the right), five boys wearing nightshirts and undershirts are made to stand waiting facing a wall, with their hands on their heads. Upon being called by name, each boy reaches down and pulls up his shirts, exposing his bare bottom. Then the teacher punishes them with his martinet. The boys respond to each blow "Aïe!".

Music[edit]

There is also a composition named A Good Little Devil by the French composer André Dziezuk.

See also[edit]

Links[edit]

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