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Pastoral Symphony (1946)

La symphonie pastorale (original title)
Approved | | Drama | 22 September 1948 (USA)
A minister falls in love with a blind young woman he sheltered, but so does his son.

Director:

Jean Delannoy

Writers:

André Gide (novel), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michèle Morgan ... Gertrude
Pierre Blanchar ... Le pasteur Jean Martens
Line Noro ... Amélie Martens - sa femme
Jean Desailly ... Jacques Martens - son fils
Andrée Clément ... Piette Castéran
Jacques Louvigny Jacques Louvigny ... Castéran (as Louvigny)
Rosine Luguet Rosine Luguet ... Charlotte Martens
Mona Dol Mona Dol ... Soeur Claire
Robert Demorget Robert Demorget ... Pierre Martens
Hélène Dassonville Hélène Dassonville ... Mademoiselle de la Grange
Germaine Michel Germaine Michel ... La vieille paysanne
Florence Brière Florence Brière ... Une amie de Gertrude
Albert Glado Albert Glado ... Paul Martens
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Storyline

On Christmas Eve, Jean Martens, a Swiss minister, takes in a blind half-crippled orphan and brings her up with his four children. But Gertrude grows to be a woman and Jean gradually falls in love with her without admitting it to himself. On the contrary, he lulls his conscience by interpreting the Scriptures to his advantage. But neither his wife nor his oldest son are fooled. When, after a long-delayed operation, Gertrude recovers her sight she is not long to find out that sin has corrupted the soul of her benefactor. Seeing no hope in the situation, the young woman decides to take her own life. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

22 September 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pastoral Symphony See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Les Films Gibé See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm-Eurocord)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Finnish certificate register # 026785. See more »

Quotes

Amélie Martens - sa femme: Not everybody has the luck of being blind
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Version of Den'en kôkyôgaku (1938) See more »

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Who says that love is blind ? Jean Delannoy makes a classic film based on a famous novel by André Gide.
30 January 2009 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

La Symphonie Pastorale is a neglected classic of French cinema.It is high time tall tales about its importance are told to all cinema lovers whether in France or outside of France.It is one of those few lucky films in the history of French cinema with which some of the most important personalities of French culture have been associated. One can cite the names of Michèle Morgan,André Gide and Jean Delannoy. This film is an honest adaptation of André Gide's best book "La Symphonie Pastorale".Jean Delannoy has worked wonders with this film by making a star as well as talented actress out of charming Michèle Morgan.It is true that love and its implications is the major theme of this film but we also get a chance to see other sentiments such as jealousy and innocence.After viewing this film there would hardly be anyone who would not have been influenced by the heroic figure of the leading lady Gertrude.The best human experience which one can derive from this film concerns how the vision of a person changes in the course of time ? It is a wonder that this film and the book have remained free of controversies despite the presence of religion.


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