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 »
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
Only production of Adolphe-Abraham Landau (as A. Landeau), a Polish immigrant and communist activist who fled his country in 1926 on account of his political views. The film failed and Landau did not produce another one. 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 See more »
With this brilliant film Henri Decoin skirts the territory practically patented by Marcel Pagnol and moves it from Provence to the banks of the Rhone where he subjects his Pagnol-like village to microscopic scrutiny where Pagnol was content to view his merely through a normal lens. There's a lot of healthy cynicism on display and for 1947 Decoin was more than cavalier in his irreverent approach to sacred cows. The Romeo and Juliet factor runs through it and it is interesting to recall that only a couple of years later a slightly better writer than Jean Aurenche (Jacques Prevert) and a slightly less gifted director than Decoin (Andre Cayatte) would explore a similar plot/theme in Les Amants de Verone and having said this let me add that I bow to no one in my admiration of both Jean Aurenche and Claude Autant-Lara, respectively among the finest Writers and Directors in French cinema. Almost inevitably Michel Simon steals the movie and Gaby Morlay is not far behind as his slatternly live-in lover but Decoin hits so many targets
organised religion, local politics etc - that the performances are
merely a bonus. Decoin didn't get much better than this and that's saying something.
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