The Wanderer


1h 44m 1969

Brief Synopsis

Rural France, the 1890s. Always in motion, Augustin wanders three times. First, as a youth, while a boarder near Bourges, he's lost in the woods and finds a chateau where an engagement party's in progress: there he falls eternally in love with Yvonne and she with him. Back at school, he hears she is in Paris, so he follows in a vain search and meets a woman, jilted by her lover. In the countryside a few year's later, Augustin's friend François finds Yvonne and brings Augustin to her. They marry, but the next day, Augustin leaves to fulfill a youthful promise he made to Yvonne's brother. François comforts the pregnant Yvonne as they await Augustin's return.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le grand Meaulnes
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 9 Apr 1969
Production Company
Awa Films; Madeleine Films
Distribution Company
Leacock Pennebaker, Inc.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Le grand Meaulnes" by Alain Fournier in Nouvelle revue française (Jul-Nov 1913).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le grand Meaulnes
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 9 Apr 1969
Production Company
Awa Films; Madeleine Films
Distribution Company
Leacock Pennebaker, Inc.
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Le grand Meaulnes" by Alain Fournier in Nouvelle revue française (Jul-Nov 1913).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

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Notes

Filmed on location in Sologne. Paris opening: September 1967 as Le grand Meaulnes; running time: 110 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

c Eastmancolor

Techniscope