"Pagnol simply was a leader of men, he knew how to persuade them. He would say: "Folks, we are going to do this!" and such "we are going to do this" was conclusive. None of us would ever imagine that "this" could possibly not be done. And we would do it. That is how Pagnol managed to obtain amazing feats from his actors and technicians. Marcel Pagnol commanded a team no other filmmaker in Europe will ever command.
If he had come to wake us up at any hour of the night, we would have agreed. For instance, we did not work on Sundays. Some of us wanted to go for a ride, others to go to the movies, and so on. Eventually, we would meet for lunch and start eating. Pagnol, brilliant talker as ever, would tackle a topic and, when we looked at the clock, it was half past midnight. Movies, ride, everything had been forgotten. Why? Because Pagnol was the magician. That's it."
Producer: Les Auteurs Associés.
Script, dialogues and direction: Marcel Pagnol, after the short story by Jean Giono, "Jofroi de la Maussan".
Production Manager: René Pagnol.
Visuals: Willy Faktorovitch.
Set: Jean Bijon.
Sound: Pierre Calvet.
Music: Vincent Scotto.
Editing: Suzanne de Troye and André Robert.
First public screening: Paris, January 1934.
Running time: 48 minutes.
Vincent Scotto - Jofroi Annie Toinon - Barbe, sa femme Henri Poupon - Fonse Odette Roger - Marie, sa femme André Robert - L'instituteur José Tyrand - Le curé Charles Blavette - Tonin Henri Darbrey - Le notaire
Jofroi, an ageing farmer, has sold his orchard in La Maussan to Fonse. When the latter comes to cut the old trees down, Jofroi wants to kill him.
Soon, everyone in the village is deeply distressed...