Wednesday, August 17, 2011

La symphonie pastorale (1946) - Jean Delannoy

La symphonie pastorale (1946)

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Director: Jean Delannoy
Writers: André Gide, Jean Aurenche

Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Michèle Morgan and Line Noro

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Video: DIVX (.avi) | 512x384 | FPS: 25 | Sound: mpga | Color: Black and White | Size: 697 MB | Runtime: 1:42:41 | Country: France | Language: French | Subtitles: None | Filming Locations: Château-d'Oex, Canton de Vaud, Switzerland | Genres: Drama



The pastor of a mountain village adopts a small blind girl, Gertrude. As Gertrude grows up into an attractive young woman, the pastor, now middle-aged, realises that he is in love with her. To his chagrin, his adopted son, Jacques, is also in love with Gertrude, even though he is shortly to be married to another woman.

Jacques’s fiancée is jealous of Gertrude and arranges for her to see a doctor in the hope that she might be cured and to enable Jacques to choose equally between the two women.

Miraculously, Gertrude’s sight is restored and she returns to the village a changed woman. Unable to accept Jacques' love and disappointed by the pastor's affections for her, she realises that her former happiness has been lost forever.

This film supplies a second, deeper meaning. The blind girl comes to dominate the pastor's consciousness as he guides her from being the brutish creature seen in our first glimpse of her, into an accomplished and attractive young woman. His obsession with her damages his family life. There is no indication of carnal attraction between the pastor and her; she is his spiritual creation. This alternative interpretation, then, is that the blind girl is a kind of demon (as suggested by her first appearance) who takes over his consciousness, with the result of wrecking his family life and marring his surface saintliness. This meaning is cued for us by his wife's slowly growing worry.

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1 comment:

  1. The Media Player does not work so I was unable to watch "La Symphonie Pastorale".

    Many thanks,

    Jacob Field



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