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Les amants du pont Saint-Jean (1947)

On the banks of the Rhône, not far from Tain l'Hermitage, Alcide Garonne, an old ferryman - and incidentally a poacher - lives out of wedlock with Victorine Rousset nicknamed Maryse, a ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Paul Frankeur ...
Georges Girard
Marc Cassot ...
Gustave Boiron, dit Pilou
Nadine Alari ...
Augusta Boiron
Tante Marguerite
René Génin ...
Labique le fripier
André Darnay ...
Amédée Boiron
Pierre Darteuil ...
Madeleine Suffel ...
La parente du noyé
Odette Barencey ...
Albert Rémy ...
Le beau-frère du noyé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René-Jean Chauffard ...
Le menuisier
Henri Chochillon
Emile Chopitel


On the banks of the Rhône, not far from Tain l'Hermitage, Alcide Garonne, an old ferryman - and incidentally a poacher - lives out of wedlock with Victorine Rousset nicknamed Maryse, a colorful tramp. When Garrone's son, Pilou, a worker, falls in love with Augusta, the mayor's daughter, the unconventional old couple tries to protect the unconventional young pair from the disapproval of self righteous villagers... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

24 December 1947 (France)  »

Also Known As:

De gelieven van de Sint Jansbrug  »

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1.37 : 1
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French censorship visa # 5966 delivered on 17-9-1947. See more »


Boire un petit coup, c'est agréable
Lyrics By Félix Boyer (first verse, 1910), anonymous (second and third verse, during World War II) and Valbonne (4th verse,
Music by ValbonnM
Sung by Michel Simon and Gaby Morlay
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Romeo and Juliet can age gracefully
17 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

As I'm flipping through a "Central Catholique" book,I notice that "Les Amants du Pont Saint-Jean was deemed "not suitable for a Christian audience;to be avoided out of respect for religion" The film begins with a procession on the banks of the Rhone ;the first pictures show a peaceful river flow .But what follows was downright scandalous for a well-meaning 1947 audience.Decoin seems to find back Jean Renoir's stubborn rebellious mind ,that of "La Chienne" and "Boudu Sauvé des Eaux ".

Michel Simon -who was Renoir's star- portrays a semi-tramp who sleeps with a crude woman (Morlay),a lush with a racy past.He has a son (Marc Cassot) who wants to marry the mayor's daughter;the father is not prepared to accept if,for the boy comes from a shameless background.

The young lovers do not do what the audience expects;had they died ,like Romeo and Juliet ,the film would have had an acceptable (thus reactionary) "moral".But they realize that their escape ("to think that she left home without her rosary ,the auntie/nun sighs!") represents the best hours of their love;if they get married ,sooner or later ,they will become like their family without a sound.Decoin takes here romanticism to new limits and proves us that any Romeo and any Juliet do not have to die to make their true love live forever.

When the boy comes back,to be confronted to a "wedding" banquet,which is a farce (his father and his partner have decided to get married to become part of the respectable people and thus become the mayor's daughter's family -in- law ) where the guests are drinking or bellowing bawdy songs,he realizes that his love was right to renege on their love .She told him so:"if you marry me ,you correct something which is wrong,but there is nothing wrong!" In 1947,such words were daring! The ending is completely unexpected and proves that Romeo and Juliet can age gracefully.

With its four (or maybe five) suicides,its spoofs on marriage and religion,"les Amants du Pont Saibt-Jean " is Decoin's finest hour! But it was his hour of darkness:it's up to you to decide: 1946:"La Fille du Diable " Isabelle commits suicide.

1947:"Non Coupable" Decoin's best ,unfairly overlooked: Dr Ancelin commits suicide .

This film:as I wrote,four suicides,including the two leads.

"les Amoureux Sont Seuls Au Monde" :the musician's wife commits suicide! In the short space of two years ,that's a lot of death!

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