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Les amants du pont Saint-Jean (1947)

On the banks of the Rhône, not far from Tain l'Hermitage, Alcide Garonne, an old ferryman - and incidentally a poacher - lives out of wedlock with Victorine Rousset nicknamed Maryse, a ... See full summary »


Henri Decoin
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Credited cast:
Michel Simon ... Alcide Garonne
Gaby Morlay ... Victorine Rousset, dite Maryse
Paul Frankeur ... Georges Girard
Marc Cassot ... Gustave Boiron, dit Pilou
Nadine Alari ... Augusta Boiron
Pauline Carton ... Tante Marguerite
René Génin René Génin ... Labique le fripier
André Darnay André Darnay ... Amédée Boiron
Pierre Darteuil Pierre Darteuil ... Rival
Madeleine Suffel Madeleine Suffel ... La parente du noyé
Odette Barencey Odette Barencey ... Amélie
Albert Rémy ... Le beau-frère du noyé
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
René-Jean Chauffard René-Jean Chauffard ... Le menuisier
Henri Chochillon Henri Chochillon
Emile Chopitel Emile Chopitel


On the banks of the Rhône, not far from Tain l'Hermitage, Alcide Garonne, an old ferryman - and incidentally a poacher - lives out of wedlock with Victorine Rousset nicknamed Maryse, a colorful tramp. When Garrone's son, Pilou, a worker, falls in love with Augusta, the mayor's daughter, the unconventional old couple tries to protect the unconventional young pair from the disapproval of self righteous villagers... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

24 December 1947 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De gelieven van de Sint Jansbrug See more »

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D. U. C. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Only production of Adolphe-Abraham Landau (as A. Landeau), a Polish immigrant and communist activist who fled his country in 1926 on account of his political views. The film failed and Landau did not produce another one. See more »


Boire un petit coup, c'est agréable
Lyrics By Félix Boyer (first verse, 1910), anonymous (second and third verse, during World War II) and Valbonne (4th verse,
Music by ValbonnM
Sung by Michel Simon and Gaby Morlay
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Romeo and Juliet can age gracefully.
8 February 2019 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

As I'm flipping through a "Central Catholique" book,I notice that "Les Amants du Pont Saint-Jean was deemed "not suitable for a Christian audience;to be avoided out of respect for religion" The film begins with a procession on the banks of the Rhone ;the first pictures show a peaceful river flow .But what follows was downright scandalous for a well-meaning 1947 audience.Decoin seems to find back Jean Renoir's stubborn rebellious mind ,that of "La Chienne" and "Boudu Sauvé des Eaux ".

Michel Simon -who was Renoir's star- portrays a semi-tramp who sleeps with a crude woman (Morlay),a lush with a racy past.He has a son (Marc Cassot) who wants to marry the mayor's daughter;the father is not prepared to accept if,for the boy comes from a shameless background.

The young lovers do not do what the audience expects;had they died ,like Romeo and Juliet ,the film would have had an acceptable (thus reactionary) "moral".But they realize that their escape ("to think that she left home without her rosary ,the auntie/nun sighs!") represents the best hours of their love;if they get married ,sooner or later ,they will become like their family without a sound.Decoin takes here romanticism to new limits and proves us that any Romeo and any Juliet do not have to die to make their true love live forever.

When the boy comes back,to be confronted to a "wedding" banquet,which is a farce (his father and his partner have decided to get married to become part of the respectable people and thus become the mayor's daughter's family -in- law ) where the guests are drinking or bellowing bawdy songs,he realizes that his love was right to renege on their love .She told him so:"if you marry me ,you correct something which is wrong,but there is nothing wrong!" In 1947,such words were daring! The ending is completely unexpected and proves that Romeo and Juliet can age gracefully.

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