Letters From My Windmill

  • 1954
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

Noted French director Pagnol adapted three stories by 19th century Gallic writer Alphonse Daudet for this fine episodic film. Crouzet plays the writer, who comes to an abandoned windmill in Provence in order to write his stories. This is the link which holds the film together, a device Pagnol uses with some imagination, as the writer is incorporated into...read more

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Noted French director Pagnol adapted three stories by 19th century Gallic writer Alphonse Daudet for this fine episodic film. Crouzet plays the writer, who comes to an abandoned windmill in Provence in order to write his stories. This is the link which holds the film together, a device

Pagnol uses with some imagination, as the writer is incorporated into one episode. The first story involves the adventures of a gourmand clergyman who has a mass stolen from him by the Devil. The second, and best of the three, is the story of some monks who manufacture liqueur, so they can raise

the funds to do the Lord's work. The final tale is of an impoverished miller who nearly kills himself trying to prove the existence of a fictional client. Though the film has a touch too much dialog, it delivers its simple stories with a genuine freshness. The camerawork shows a love for the

French countryside setting and the people who live there. The mixture of humor and pathos is well handled, never becoming maudlin or cruel. Highly enjoyable. Famed director Preston Sturges wrote the subtitles. (In French; English subtitles.)

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