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A Feature film by Marcel Pagnol

Produced by Les Films Marcel Pagnol

Release in France : 11/12/1935

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Actors (10)

Production and distribution (2)

Executive Producer :

Les Films Marcel Pagnol

French distribution :

Les Films Marcel Pagnol


A reputed chef, Cigalon, opens a restaurant in a small village in Provence.  Proud of his past culinary achievements, he makes no effort to attract local customers, who lack the refinement to appreciate his cuisine.   A former laundry woman, Madame Toffi, then opens a restaurant, next door to Cigalon’s.   Whilst Cigalon’s restaurant remains empty, Madame Toffi’s is always busy.  Annoyed by this competition, Cigalon offers Madame Toffi a proposal of marriage, so that he can take over her restaurant.  When she turns him down, he declares war and resorts to under-hand tactics to put off her customers.   Cigalon diverts a well-dressed man into his restaurant and feeds him like a king.  When it comes to paying the bill, the man says he has no money.  To avoid a scandal, Cigalon is compelled not to press charges against him - an act of generosity which so impresses Madame Toffi that she agrees to marry him.

Full credits (9)

Assistant Director :

Marcel Lavoignat

Producer :

Marcel Pagnol

Director of Photography :

Albert Assouad

Production Manager :

René Pagnol

Music Composer :

Vincent Scotto

Dialogue Writers :

Marcel Pagnol, Vincent Scotto

Screenwriter :

Marcel Pagnol

Sound Recordist :

Jean Lecoq

Editor :

Suzanne De Troeye

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 13 min

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