"In June 1952, Marcel Pagnol undertook to shoot the film. In order to retain the atmosphere, Marcel and Jacqueline moved in a house in the village. The film was shot from beginning to end in La Treille and its surroundings. Shy Rellys was their host; every morning, he would shave and drink coffee with his author who explained to him the subtleties of Ugolin's part. This very summer was particularly blistering hot. So, they would wake up early to work before the day became scorching hot; sometimes, however, the cameraman would observe that the actors "had their nose in their mouth and my grandmother's wrinkles" for the sun was at its zenith."
Manon des sources ("Manon of the Spring") (1st part)
Producer: Les Films Marcel Pagnol.
Screen play, dialogues and direction: Marcel Pagnol.
Visuals: Willy Faktorovitch.
Set: Eugène Delfau.
Location: La Treille.
Editing: Raymonde and Jacques Bianchi.
Music: Raymond Legrand.
First public screening: Nice, December 1952.
Running time: 1h58.
Jacqueline Pagnol - Manon Raymond Pellegrin - L'instituteur Rellys - Ugolin Henri Poupon - Le papet Robert Vattier - M. Belloiseau Fernand Sardou - Le maire Charles Blavette - Pamphile Henri Vilbert - Le curé Edouard Delmont - Anglade Marcelle Geniat - Baptistine
Manon, a wild shepherdess driven on by a desire for revenge, does not settle for turning away poor Ugolin who proclaims his passion for her to everyone. She diverts the spring which supplies the village fountain with water. The entire village is doomed to death.