Cast & Crew
At the turn of the century in rural Sologne, 18-year-old Augustin Meaulnes unexpectedly comes upon an old chateau where a masquerade celebrating the betrothal of Frantz de Galais and Valentine Blondeau is in progress. Meaulnes immediately falls in love with Frantz's sister Yvonne, but the ball ends abruptly when Frantz attempts suicide after Valentine fails to appear. The disconsolate Meaulnes returns to school and confides his loss to François Seurel, the schoolmaster's retiring son. Meaulnes attempts in vain to find the castle and celebrants again, but by chance discovers Frantz, now a member of a traveling circus. The youths vow eternal friendship, and Meaulnes renews his quest for Yvonne. In Paris he consults Valentine, who falsely informs the student of Yvonne's marriage and attempts to supplant her. François, however, reports that Yvonne is single and waiting for Meaulnes. The lovers marry, but their happiness is brief. Frantz begs Meaulnes to accompany him on a search for Valentine. Honoring their youthful vow, the bridegroom acquiesces. Although the prolonged journey is successful, upon his return Meaulnes discovers that Yvonne has died in childbirth.
Christian De Tilière
Henri Alain Dmurtal
Gilbert De Goldschmidt
Filmed on location in Sologne. Paris opening: September 1967 as Le grand Meaulnes; running time: 110 min.