""MANON DES SOURCES" ("MANON OF THE SPRING") and "UGOLIN" are undoubtedly the richest provençal epic ever depicted by Marcel Pagnol. He started writing the script in 1950. Many characters immediately took shape under his pen. The film was shot during summer 1952. Marcel soon realized that his movie would last more than four hours and decided to divide it into two films. But the Gaumont managers expressed some reservations and Marcel eventually let himself be persuaded to cut several scenes. He finally wrote "JEAN DE FLORETTE" novel in 1956, which recounts Manon's childhood."
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: 1h50.
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 has blocked the spring which brings water to the village and its inhabitants whom she loathes. They gradually realize the pain they caused her and strive to gain her forgiveness...