Lovers of Paris

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Lovers of Paris
Les amants de paris mexican poster.jpg
Mexican poster for the film
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Screenplay by Julien Duvivier
Léo Joannon
Henri Jeanson
Based on Pot-Bouille
by Émile Zola
Produced by Raymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
Starring Gérard Philipe
Danielle Darrieux
Dany Carrel
Cinematography Michel Kelber
Edited by Madeleine Gug
Music by Jean Wiener
Paris Film Productions
Distributed byCompagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique
Release date
18 October 1957
Running time
115 minutes
Box office2,679,987 admissions (France) [1]

Lovers of Paris (original title Pot-Bouille, "Stew Pot") is a 1957 French film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Gérard Philipe. It is based on the 1882 novel Pot-Bouille by Émile Zola. [2] [3] [4] [5]


The movie is in black and white, and filmed in 35 mm. It was shot at the Billancourt Studios in Paris and on location in the city. The sets were designed by the art director Léon Barsacq. It premiered in France on October 18, 1957.

It was the second film Duvivier directed based on a novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, the first being Au Bonheur des Dames in 1930.


A young provincial, Octave Mouret, arrives in Paris during the Second Empire. Madame Josserand, a society woman who thinks of little other than marrying off her daughter Berthe, sets her sights on him. But Octave has already turned his attention to the married Madame Hédouin, who runs a large department store, "Au Bonheur des Dames", where he is hired as a salesman. She is beautiful, but remains distant despite Octave's efforts to be noticed. Upset, Madame Josserand forces Berthe, against her will, to marry Auguste Vabre, a shopkeeper with little money. Berthe soon becomes Octave's mistress, and Octave applies his commercial talents to straightening out Auguste's finances. Madame Hédouin, now widowed, then realizes the business and romantic possibilities with her handsome young salesman.



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