La Symphonie Pastorale

From Page to Screen


FRA | 1948 | 110 mins | dir. Jean Delannoy, with Pierre Blanchar, Michèle Morgan, Line Noro & Jean Desailly | 35 mm print | in French with EN subs

In this screen adaptation of André Gide’s novella, a Swiss pastor has sheltered and raised a little blind girl who speaks and walks with difficulty. Now Gertrude is a woman, courted by the pastor's son, Jacques. The pastor, jealous, refuses to allow their marriage. But then Gertrude has an operation and recovers her sight...

Screening introduced by Colin Roust, Professor in musicology (University of Kansas) and author of Georges Auric, A Life in Music and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020)


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