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The Wanderer (1967)

Le grand Meaulnes (original title)
G | | Drama, Romance | 9 April 1969 (USA)
Rural France, the 1890s. Always in motion, Augustin wanders three times. First, as a youth, while a boarder near Bourges, he's lost in the woods and finds a chateau where an engagement ... See full summary »


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Jean Blaise ...
Alain Libolt ...
Alain Noury ...
Frantz de Galais
Juliette Villard ...
Valentine Blondeau
Christian de Tillière ...
Marcel Cuvelier ...
Monsieur Seurel
Thérèse Quentin ...
Madame Seurel
Serge Spira ...
Mouche Boeuf
Bruno Castan ...
Elizabeth Guy ...
(as Elisabeth Guy)
Allain Dhurtal ...
(as Henri Alain Dhurtal)
Annie Fahr


Rural France, the 1890s. Always in motion, Augustin wanders three times. First, as a youth, while a boarder near Bourges, he's lost in the woods and finds a chateau where an engagement party's in progress: there he falls eternally in love with Yvonne and she with him. Back at school, he hears she is in Paris, so he follows in a vain search and meets a woman, jilted by her lover. In the countryside a few year's later, Augustin's friend François finds Yvonne and brings Augustin to her. They marry, but the next day, Augustin leaves to fulfill a youthful promise he made to Yvonne's brother. François comforts the pregnant Yvonne as they await Augustin's return. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One of the best dramatisations of any novel
28 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The commentator who found only technical perfection in this film, but for whom a spark was missing, obviously hasn't lived with this masterpiece as I have, since it first appeared in 1967. I went to it the first time with the friend who had introduced me to the novel some years earlier, and we were both sceptical that it would be anything but a pastiche. At the end, we were both staring at the blank screen, tears rolling down our cheeks, certain we had seen something greatly out of the ordinary. It's a wonderful novel, the greatest French novel of the 20th century, and the film succeeds brilliantly in capturing as much of its magical and romantic atmosphere as could be expected. Seeing it again on DVD – though I've seen it many times in between – I find myself assailed by the same emotions. More than that, I am impressed by just how modern it feels. So many films from the 60s seem technically less fluent nowadays, but Le Grand Meaulnes seems as though made only yesterday. And where would a modern director find his Yvonne de Galais. In Maria de Medeiros, perhaps, but even she could hardly surpass Albicoco's Yvonne. What a plot, what performances, what a perfect adaptation.

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