Lovers of Paris

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 novel Pot-Bouille by Émile Zola.[2][3][4][5]

Lovers of Paris
Mexican poster for the film
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Produced byRaymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
Screenplay byJulien Duvivier
Léo Joannon
Henri Jeanson
Based onPot-Bouille
by Émile Zola
StarringGérard Philipe
Danielle Darrieux
Dany Carrel
Music byJean Wiener
Edited byMadeleine Gug
Paris Film Productions
Distributed byCompagnie Commerciale Française Cinématographique
Release date
18 October 1957
Running time
115 minutes
Box office2,679,987 admissions (France)[1]

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.



  • Director: Julien Duvivier
  • Screenplay: Julien Duvivier, Léo Joannon, Henri Jeanson
  • Assistant directors: Michel Romanoff, Pierre Maho
  • Cinematography: Michel Kelber, assisted by André Domage
  • Sound: Jacques Carrère, assisted by Guy Chichignoud
  • Set design: Léon Barsacq
  • Editing: Madeleine Gug
  • Music: Jean Wiener, orchestra under the direction of André Girard, featuring Ray Ventura
  • Costumes: Marcel Escoffier, Jean Zay, Emmanuel Bourrassin
  • Makeup: Jean-Ulysse Piedeloup and Igor Keldich
  • Hairstyling: Jean Lalaurette
  • Theatrical director: Tonio Sune
  • Production: Paris Films Production (Paris), Panitalia (Rome)
  • Heads of production: Robert and Raymond Hakim
  • Director of production: Ludmilia Goulian
  • Production assistant: Pierre Duvivier
  • Distributor: C.C.F.C
  • Set designer: Maurice Barnathan


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  2. Crowther, Bosley. "House of Lovers (1957)". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. "House of Lovers (1957)". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. "Pot-Bouille (1957)". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  5. "Julien Duvivier". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
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