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The Red Inn -- Religious satire about group of travelers, including a monk, who stay in a lonely mountain inn. Their host confesses to the monk his habit of poisoning the guests, to steal their possessions then bury them in the backyard. (English subtitles)


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Release Date:
7 June 1954 (USA) See more »
A group of travelers, including a monk, stay in a lonely inn in the mountains. The host confesses the... See more » | Add synopsis »
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The Forgotten: Open-Plan Dovecot Required
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fernandel ... The Monk
Françoise Rosay ... Marie Martin
Marie-Claire Olivia ... Mathilde Martin
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Darwin (as Caussimon)
Nane Germon ... Elisa
Didier d'Yd ... Jeannou
Lud Germain ... Fetiche
Jacques Charon ... Rodolphe
Andrée Viala ... La Marquise Caroline (as A. Viala)
Robert Berri ... Le Cocher
André Cheff ... Un gendarme
André Dalibert ... Woodcutter
Grégoire Aslan ... Barboeuf

Julien Carette ... Pierre Martin (as Carette)

Yves Montand ... Singing Commentator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Manuel Gary ... Un gendarme (uncredited)
René Lefevre-Bel ... Un autre gendarme (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Autant-Lara  (as Claude Autant Lara)
Writing credits
Jean Aurenche (story)

Jean Aurenche (screenplay) &
Pierre Bost (screenplay) &
Claude Autant-Lara (screenplay) (as Claude Autant Lara)

Produced by
Simon Schiffrin .... producer
Original Music by
René Cloërec 
Cinematography by
André Bac 
Jacques Natteau 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug 
Production Design by
Max Douy 
Set Decoration by
Max Douy 
Costume Design by
Jean André 
Jacques Cottin 
Makeup Department
Alex Archambault .... hair stylist
Jules Chanteau .... wig maker
Production Management
Simon Schiffrin .... production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ghislaine Autant-Lara .... assistant director (as Ghislaine Auboin)
Art Department
Roger Bollengier .... property master
Sound Department
Jacques Lebreton .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Nicolas Wilcké .... special effects (as Nicolas Wilke)
Editorial Department
Charlotte Fournier .... assistant editor
Other crew
Denise Gaillard .... script girl

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'auberge rouge" - France (original title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Vlci bouda (1987)See more »
La Complainte de l'Auberge RougeSee more »


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Plenty of room at the Red Inn!Such a lovely place!Such a lovely face!, 20 February 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

"L'Auberge rouge" has recently been restored,and the copy I saw was wonderful.The pictures are glittering black and white .

The subject was not new:the inn where you take your life in your hands when you enter ;such a sinister place was a permanent feature of the FRench melodramas of the nineteenth century.After all ,Hichcock's "psycho" belongs to THAT tradition too,as the Eagles' song "Hotel California" or horror farce "Motel Hell" do.

The precedent user wrote that Fernandel and Autant-Lara were at odds during the filming but I do not think that's because he's upstaged by Carette and Françoise Rosay.Actually "l'auberge rouge" was Autant-Lara at his most anti-clerical:the scene when Rosay and Fernandel use a "GRille à Chataignes" (chesnuts grate?) as a confessional grille is sheer genius;many of the scenes may have inspired Luis Bunuel for "la Voie Lactée" and particularly "Phantom of LIberty" a whole segment of which features an inn,monks and vicious things.

The problem lies in the fact that such an admirable actor as Fernandel did not fit Autant-Lara's bill (or fitted the bill too well).Fernandel 's acting is so natural,so strong that he throws the movie off balance.He has an obvious tendency to go in the opposite way:his monk is full of joie de vivre ,of bonhomie .Whatever we may think of religion,it's impossible not to side with him.

Black humor is everywhere:from the dead body hidden inside a snowman to the travelers' horrible fate -which I will not reveal of course-,from a monkey lost in the snow arrested by the gendarmes to Rosay gently warning her guests about to leave her place:"you'll find the convent easily!You cannot get the wrong way! on the right,you can hear the wolves howl,and on the left you can hear the torrent flowing:it's the precipice!"

The snowy landscapes (amazing studio work) are dazzling.

Autant-Lara's anti-clericalism (already present in "douce" and "le diable au corps" ) which came to the fore in "l'auberge rouge" muted in the sixties: "Tu ne tueras point" ,his accursed work,showed a young man refusing to be drafted because of his religious beliefs;and "Le Franciscain de Bourges" was the story of a priest, living like a saint in the Nazi hell.

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