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L'école buissonnière (1949)

 |  Drama  |  8 April 1949 (France)
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Soon after the Great War, the Provence village of Salezes gets a new boys' teacher: Mr. Pascal, a war hero with a diploma from a teachers' college. He rejects old methods: boys' sitting ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Blier ...
Juliette Faber ...
Lise Arnaud, l'institutrice
Édouard Delmont ...
M. Arnaud, le vieux maître (as Delmont)
Edmond Ardisson ...
Le coiffeur Pourpre / The Barber (as Ardisson)
Henri Arius ...
Le maire Hector Malicorne / The Mayor (as Arius)
Bréols ...
Géo Beuf ...
Georges Cahuzac ...
Jean-Louis Allibert ...
M. St. Saviole, Le 'novateur' / 'The innovator'
Louis Lions ...
Félix (as Lions)
Louisol ...
Le menuisier
Marcel Maupi ...
M. Alexandre, the pharmacist
Sicard ...
Danny Caron ...
Cécile Simonin


Soon after the Great War, the Provence village of Salezes gets a new boys' teacher: Mr. Pascal, a war hero with a diploma from a teachers' college. He rejects old methods: boys' sitting still with arms folded memorizing facts. He uses modern methods: he becomes their guide. The boys build a water-powered electric generator, interview their parents about shoe-making and cooking, draw, write poetry, and, after Pascal brings a box of type, put their own magazine together, printed on the backs of old ballots. Their new interest in critical thinking stirs opposition from the mayor and others. The teacher offers a deal: if even one student fails the national exam, he'll resign. All eyes are on Albert, an older youth who has failed three times. Written by <>

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I Have a New Master  »

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Schoolteacher Celestin Freinet whose life and innovative educational methods are the subject of this movie, suited producer to have his name mentioned in the credits. See more »

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teachers of the world, you have got to see it...
28 October 2008 | by (Brussels, Belgium) – See all my reviews

As a former user said, "teachers of the world, you have got to see it...". I happen to teach myself at the University and they just showed "L'Ecole Buissonnière" tonight, at the late show, on the National French TV France 2. What a good surprise it has been ! Actually, this is a very interesting movie of the late 40s, based upon the personal experience of Célestin Freinet, in 1920, but the subject is still all the rage. No doubt that all those who enjoyed "The Dead Poets Society", "Mona Lisa's Smile", "Looking for Forrester" or "Les Choristes" will appreciate it. Not to mention more recent titles, such as "L'Esquive" and .... the 2008 Palme d'or in Cannes, Bertrand Cantet's "Entre Les Murs".

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