Symphonie Pastorale

  • 1946
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Pierre Bost and Jean Aurenche made a career of adapting famous books for the screen. Several of these adaptations provided Francois Truffaut the material on which to base his cutting attack in the famous Cahiers du Cinema articles "A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema." Truffaut criticized the pair for their literal adaptations of novels while ignoring...read more

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Pierre Bost and Jean Aurenche made a career of adapting famous books for the screen. Several of these adaptations provided Francois Truffaut the material on which to base his cutting attack in the famous Cahiers du Cinema articles "A Certain Tendency of the French Cinema." Truffaut

criticized the pair for their literal adaptations of novels while ignoring thematic essence. Like their other works, SYMPHONIE PASTORALE is an adaptation from a novel by Andre Gide, though it should be noted that Gide found the film very enjoyable. Morgan plays a blind orphan brought into the home

of pastor Blanchar. He nurtures and raises the girl, eventually falling in love with her and becoming oblivious to his wife. Blanchar provides the girl with an image of a totally harmonious world, something that is best revealed in the second movement of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony, the

"Pastorale." The preacher's son, Desailly, comes back from school and also falls in love with Morgan. He gets her an operation that restores her sight, although the pastor never wanted her to have the operation because she would no longer be dependent upon him. Once Morgan regains her sight, she

witnesses the problems in the lives of the people around her. Desailly wants to marry her, but Blanchar persuades his son that she would never accept. In a state of confusion, the guilt-ridden Morgan leaves the protection of the pastor's home and drowns herself in a nearby creek. This is a

powerful story that unfolds in a timely fashion; as the pastor's passion for the young girl deepens, he becomes blind to the world around him. Morgan's performance was touching enough to win the Best Actress award at Cannes. She prepared for the role by observing the characteristics of the blind

at a hospital. Her piercing blue eyes are the strongest element in capturing the essence of the blind girl's inner nature. (In French; English subtitles.)

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