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Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur

A Feature film by Marcel L'Herbier

Produced by Pathé-Natan

Release in France : 15/09/1934

    Synopsis

    Philippe Lutcher, an anarchist, fires a shot at Clara Stuart, a famous stage and screen actress, but only wounds her. The star, through affectation and curiosity to know his motives, pleads in his favour at his trial, but he rebuffs her pity. After he has served 18 months in prison, they meet and fall in love. Philippe however does not really believe in Clara's sincerity, and when he sees incidents from their lives becoming part of her latest film, he leaves her. He vows that their love will continue when he sits in the dark and watches her on the cinema screen.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (22)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Pathé-Natan

    French distribution :

    Pathé-Natan

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Distribution

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Background

    In 1934 Marcel L'Herbier held discussions with Charles Boyer on making a film about the actor Edmund Kean, but Boyer, whose career was at that time shifting between France and Hollywood, insisted that he wanted to film Bernstein's play Le Bonheur in which he had recently starred on stage in Paris. The rights to the play were held by the Pathé-Natan company, who also had a contract with Gaby Morlay, the preferred actress of both Boyer and L'Herbier for the other leading role.

    Production

    Towards the end of filming, L'Herbier suffered an accident when a camera fell on him from an insecure track. He suffered a broken wrist and permanent damage to one eye. He undertook a prolonged legal action against the Pathé company in which the director argued for his status as an 'author' of the film rather than just a technician employed by the company. He eventually won the case, and it marked the first time that a film director in France was legally recognised as having rights of authorship in his work.

    Reception

    On its release Le Bonheur proved very popular with the public and was mostly well received by the French critics. However, after three years of distribution the film largely disappeared from sight for nearly 40 years. It was only in the 1970s that it was revived and recognised as one of the most significant achievements among L'Herbier's sound films.

    In February 1935, the film was shown at the first Moscow Film Festival (albeit too late for the main competition) and it received a special "mention of honour" from the Soviet jury.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Photos

    Full credits (9)

    Assistant directors :

    Jean Dréville, Ève Francis

    Author of original work :

    Henri Bernstein

    Director of Photography :

    Harry Stradling

    Editor :

    Jacques Manuel

    Costume designer :

    Jacques Manuel

    Dialogue Writer :

    Michel Duran

    Screenwriter :

    Marcel L'Herbier

    Sound Recordist :

    Robert Teisseire

    Production Designer :

    Guy de Gastyne

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Production language :

    French

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    100% French

    Production year :

    1934

    French release :

    15/09/1934

    Runtime :

    1 h 40 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    1.33

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Posters (1)

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Venice International Film Festival  - 1935

    Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1935)

    Selection

    Official Competition