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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

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Actors (22)

Production and distribution (3)

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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



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.


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.


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


Full credits (9)

Assistant directors :

Jean Dréville, Eve 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

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

1 h 40 min

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Black & White

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Venice International Film Festival  - 1935

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1935)


Official Competition