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Letters from My Windmill (1954)

Les lettres de mon moulin (original title)
Consists of four stories from the book of the same name by Alphonse Daudet: "The Three Low Masses", "The Elixir of Father Gaucher", "The Priest of Cucugnan" and "The Secret Of Master Cornille".

Director:

Marcel Pagnol

Writers:

Alphonse Daudet (stories), Marcel Pagnol
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonin Fabre 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 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 Pierrette Bruno ... Vivette - la petite-fille de Cornille (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Roger Crouzet Roger Crouzet ... Alphonse Daudet (segment "Prologue") / (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Serge Davin Serge Davin ... Roumanille (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, Le")
Christian Lude Christian Lude ... Le père Sylvestre (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, l'")
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... Monsieur Decanis - le patron de la minoterie (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, le") (as Arius)
Guy Alland Guy Alland ... Frère Ulysse (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, l'")
Jean-Marie Bon Jean-Marie Bon ... Le père Joachim (segment "Élixir du père Gaucher, L'")
Bréols Bréols ... Le maire (segment "Secret de Maître Cornille, le")
Cambis Cambis ... Monsieur Seguin (segment "Prologue")
Luce Dassas 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)
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Consists of four stories from the book of the same name by Alphonse Daudet: "The Three Low Masses", "The Elixir of Father Gaucher", "The Priest of Cucugnan" and "The Secret Of Master Cornille".

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 November 1954 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Letters from My Windmill See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The windmills of Daudet's mind
7 January 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

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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