Pastoral Symphony (1946)
"La symphonie pastorale" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  22 September 1948 (USA)
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A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son.



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Complete credited cast:
Le pasteur Jean Martens
Line Noro ...
Amélie Martens - sa femme
Jacques Martens - son fils
Andrée Clément ...
Piette Castéran
Jacques Louvigny ...
Castéran (as Louvigny)
Rosine Luguet ...
Charlotte Martens
Mona Dol ...
Soeur Claire
Robert Demorget ...
Pierre Martens
Hélène Dassonville ...
Mademoiselle de la Grange
Germaine Michel ...
La vieille paysanne
Florence Brière ...
Une amie de Gertrude
Albert Glado ...
Paul Martens


On Christmas Eve, Jean Martens, a Swiss minister, takes in a blind half-crippled orphan and brings her up with his four children. But Gertrude grows to be a woman and Jean gradually falls in love with her without admitting it to himself. On the contrary, he lulls his conscience by interpreting the Scriptures to his advantage. But neither his wife nor his oldest son are fooled. When, after a long-delayed operation, Gertrude recovers her sight she is not long to find out that sin has corrupted the soul of her benefactor. Seeing no hope in the situation, the young woman decides to take her own life. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Powerful if sometimes overwrought melodrama about power, temptation and corruption
24 April 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

I had read this in high school French class and am a warm fan of Michelle Morgan, so I rented this recently. For those looking or a comedy, this is the wrong choice.

This is the story of a stuffy, humorless and unimaginative married Protestant pastor with several children near a small village in the Swiss Alps,who one day, takes in a little blind girl who has just lost her mother. He raises and teaches the girl everything - and in the process gradually falls in love with her as she becomes an adult, to the great alarm of his family. His denials that he has fallen in love with her - and that he has done all he can to deny her a life independent of the family in order to keep her there, dependent on him and grateful to him, are the source of the drama.

The movie is very grim. The pastor is someone any viewer will grow to hate within 5 minutes of the movie! Narrow, self-satisfied, pompous, haughty toward wife, family and congregation, he is truly unlikeable. At times, the dialogue is over the top. At times, the viewer is frustrated because if the pastor's son, or the blind girl, only articulated clearly what they wanted without this terrible deference to the lying pastor, the situation would be averted.

All that said, the movie has its power. Michelle Morgan is lovely and sweet. The viewer will remember this one.

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