Production and distribution
In French as in English, "divine" has two meanings : 1) heavenly and 2) excellent.
One expects the second meaning to depict Duvivier's work, but it does not. It's a follow up to La Merveilleuse Histoire De Thérèse Martin which makes sense. Both works are Christian movies, the first one a hagiography, the second one a movie of adventures which verges on supernatural, a providential supernatural in which God himself intervenes and "shows the way" across the "way of gold". And however, Duvivier had already lost his faith when he directed these pious movies. And however, when he entered the talkies world two years later, there was no divine inspiration anymore (with the exception of La Charrette Fantome ; Golgotha was more a depiction of human bestiality -the people eagerly watching the flagellation).
First scenes of Duvivier's depiction of the gal of human unkindness appear with the character of the wealthy man who sends his crew sailing on an old tub, the eager faces of the men (in close shot) realizing there's money to be made with the alcohol they transport.