"Franz Schubert's song cycles are unrivaled tunes with a striking dramatic effect. From the beginning, the accompaniment arpeggios make us see and hear the stream. When the hero discovers the mill, the bass translates the rhythmical sound of the large milling wheel while the right hand keeps transposing the sounds and murmurs of flowing water. Finally, this sound setting keeps changing tone and key, according to the feeling it surrounds and adds to."
Marcel Pagnol, who had just finished a first black and white version of "LA BELLE MEUNIERE" was very enthusiastic about the brand new Rouxcolor medium, created by French engineers Lucien and Armand Roux. He decided then to start shooting the film over again in color, which was far less expensive than the American Technicolor medium. However, upon release the film unleashed a second battle of Hernani. Adjusting the screening devices proved very delicate and, despite Tino Rossi's numerous fans, Jacqueline Pagnol's appeal and Marcel Pagnol's sparkling dialogues, the film was a failure. It was retranscribed in 1985 by the Archives du Film institution on an Eastmancolor film stock and shown only once on TV.
Producer: Société Nouvelle des Films Marcel Pagnol.
Script, dialogues and direction: Marcel Pagnol after song cycles by Franz Schubert.
Visuals: Willy Faktorovitch.
Set: Robert Giordani.
Musical contribution: Tony Aubin.
Editing: Jeannette Rongier.
Location: Mill in La Colle-sur-Loup and Castellaras.
First public screening: Paris, November 24th, 1948.
Running time: 1h39.
Tino Rossi - Franz Schubert Jacqueline Pagnol - Brigitte Raoul Marco - Son père Lilia Vetti - Sa favorite Raphaël Patorni - Le comte Christian
Franz Schubert, disheartened, leaves town. Singing along a stream from which he draws inspiration, he reaches a mill. The miller's beautiful daughter catches his eye...