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5 November 1954 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Antonin Fabre ... Maître Arnoton - le bailli (segment "Trois messes basses, les") / (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Rellys ... Le père Gaucher (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, L'")
Fernand Sardou ... Monsieur Charnigue - l'apothicaire (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, l'")
Robert Vattier ... Le père Abbé (segment "Elixir du père Gaucher, L'")
Pierrette Bruno ... Vivette - la petite-fille de Cornille (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Roger Crouzet ... Alphonse Daudet (segment "Prologue") / (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Serge Davin ... Roumanille (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Christian Lude ... Le père Sylvestre (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, l'")
Henri Arius ... Monsieur Decanis - le patron de la minoterie (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, le") (as Arius)
Guy Alland ... Frère Ulysse (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, l'")
Jean-Marie Bon ... Le père Joachim (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, L'")
Bréols ... Le maire (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, le")
Cambis ... Monsieur Seguin (segment "Prologue")
Luce Dassas ... Sylvie (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")

Michel Galabru ... Anselme, dit Tintin (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le") (as Michel Falabru de la Comédie Française)
Jean Mello ... Le berger Nicolas (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Joseph Riozet ... Le père Hyacinthe (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, l'")
Jean Toscan ... Le père Virgile (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, L'") (as Jean Toscane)
Andrée Turcy ... Marinette (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Max Amyl ... Le berger qui joue aux cartes (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
René Bervil
Louis Combaluzier

Henri Crémieux ... Maître Honarat Grapazzi (segment "Prologue")
Jean Daniel
Daxely ... Garrigou - le clerc / Le Diable (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
Édouard Delmont ... Maître Cornille (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Jean Farina
Yvonne Gamy ... La grand-mère de Garrigou (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
Myriam Guirand ... La douairière (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
Keller ... Le marquis (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
Clara Michel ... La comtesse (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
Viviane Méry ... La marquise (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
René Sarvil ... Le chef cuisinier (segment "Trois messes basses, les")
Henri Vilbert ... Dom Balaguère (segment "Trois messes basses, Les")

Directed by
Marcel Pagnol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alphonse Daudet  stories Les trois messes basses, L'elixir du père Gaucher, Le secret de Maître Cornille
Marcel Pagnol 

Produced by
Marcel Pagnol .... producer
Original Music by
Henri Tomasi 
Cinematography by
Willy Faktorovitch  (as Willy)
Film Editing by
Monique Lacombe 
Jeanne Rongier 
Production Design by
Robert Giordani 
Jean Mandaroux 
Costume Design by
Lucien Poly 
Makeup Department
Cari .... wigs
Paul Ralph .... makeup artist
Production Management
Emile Blondé .... assistant unit manager
Louis Manella .... unit production manager
Jean Martinetti .... production manager
Charles Pons .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marcel Château .... first assistant director
Jacques Pagnol .... second assistant director
Art Department
Marius Brouquier .... constructor: Maître Cornille's windmill
Marcel Landrain .... props
Paul Latière .... props
Sound Department
Henry Luke .... sound assistant
Marcel Royné .... sound engineer
Paul Zaccaro .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
René Mathelin .... camera operator
Clément Maure .... assistant camera
Albert Susterre .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marcelle Deprés .... wardrobe
Yvette Gouraud .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Bultez .... assistant editor
Location Management
Henri Garcia .... location manager
Music Department
Révérend-Père Geoffroy .... choir conductor: Petits Chanteurs de Provence
Les Petits Chanteurs de Provence .... vocalists
Other crew
Regine Hernou .... script girl
Annette Millet-Julian .... production secretary
Bruno Negri .... technical agent
Antoine Rossi .... production accountant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les lettres de mon moulin" - France (original title)
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160 min
Aspect Ratio:
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
The windmills of Daudet's mind, 7 January 2008
Author: dbdumonteil

It was to be Marcel Pagnol's last film ;like Mankiewicz,he did not make any movies (apart from a short) in the last twenty years of his life ;probably busy writing his memoirs ("le Château De Ma Mère,La Gloire de Mon Père " which were successfully tranferred to the screen by Yves Robert in the late eighties.

Alphonse Daudet's short stories were tailor made for a Provençal director such as Pagnol;if you go to Provence,you can visit the windmill where Daudet was supposed to write his "letters" ;actually he never lived in that place,but in the castle of some of his friends near the legendary mill.But it's true that most of the stories which were included in "LETTRES DE MON MOULIN" are true stories:Daudet was told about Maitre Cornille ,MR Seguin's goat and others by peasants and shepherds he used to meet when he walked across the hills.

Pagnol selected three short stories:

segment 1 "L'ELixir du Reverend Père Gaucher" :this delicious elixir (liquor)is still selling in Provence today!Father Gaucher inherits a lot of stuff from his auntie;particularly interesting is the receipt of a liquor.A dealer (FErnand Sardou) is very interested and the fact that it is made by monks gives a " serious" guarantee to the product.As the father gets drunk every time he makes his liquor,his mates the monks invent a new absolution:the absolution while the sinner is sinning!

Segment 2: "LE SECRET DE MAITRE CORNILLE".The novel underwent some changes:the writer Daudet appears in the flesh ;it's him who reveals the secret:the windmill is running but there's no wheat in it,it runs light.

The philosophy was ahead of its time: clean energy please!

Segment 3:"LES TROIS MESSES BASSES " The devil takes the shape of Garrigou,the sacristan and begins to lead a priest into temptation:it's Christmas night,but before the Reveillon (midnight meal),the religious man has got to celebrate three masses;the devil talks and talks and talks of the turkeys,trouts and truffles,they will have after the services ;so the priest entirely botches the last mass, skipping the Pater and the Credo.God is not prepared to accept it.

It was the time when Pagnol's style had begun to be a bit obsolete;but you can watch these three shorts with pleasure.

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