Marcel Pagnol, who meets up again here with his master Alphonse Daudet, intended to shoot a series of "LETTERS". He started with "LES TROIS MESSES BASSES" ("THE THREE LOW MASSES"), "L'ELIXIR DU PERE GAUCHER" ("THE ELIXIR OF FATHER GAUCHER") and "LE SECRET DE MAÎTRE CORNILLE" ("THE SECRET OF MASTER CORNILLE"), in 1954. Those are the most provençal letters of the series. Only in 1967 did he direct "LE CURÉ DE CUCUGNAN" ("THE PRIEST OF CUCUGNAN") for television screening, which ended his film adaptation of the "LETTERS".

Les Lettres de mon moulin ("Letters From My Windmill"): L'elixir du père Gaucher ("The Elixir of Father Gaucher")

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Production

Producer: Compagnie Méditerranéenne de Films.
Production manager: Jo Martinetti.
Script, dialogues and direction: Marcel Pagnol, (after the book by Alphonse Daudet).
Visuals: Willy Faktorovitch.
Set: Robert Giordani and Jean Mandaroux.
Music: Henri Tomasi.
Editing: Monique Lacombe and Jeannette Rongier.
First public screening: Paris, November 1954.
Running time: 160 minutes.

Performers

Rellys - Le père Gaucher
Robert Vattier - Le père abbé
Christian Lude - Frère Sylvestre
Fernand Sardou - M. Charnigue
Jean-Marie Bon - Le père Joachim
J. Riozet - Frère Hyacinthe

Story

In order to save the abbey from bankruptcy, Father Gaucher engages in manufacturing an elixir... Or is it rather a liqueur?