Maria Chapdelaine (1934 film)

Maria Chapdelaine is a 1934 French drama film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Madeleine Renaud, Jean Gabin and Jean-Pierre Aumont.[1] It is an adaptation of the 1913 novel of the same title by Louis Hémon set in rural Quebec about a young woman who becomes involved with a farmer, trapper and an immigrant drifter from Paris. The story was adapted again for a 1950 film directed by Marc Allégret.

Maria Chapdelaine
Directed byJulien Duvivier
Produced byLéon Beytout
Alex Nalpas
René Pignières
Written byLouis Hémon (novel)
Julien Duvivier
Gabriel Boissy
StarringMadeleine Renaud
Jean Gabin
Jean-Pierre Aumont
Music byJean Wiener
CinematographyMarc Fossard
Jules Kruger
Edited byClaude Ibéria
Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie
Distributed byPathé Consortium Cinéma
Release date
4 December 1934
Running time
77 minutes


The film's sets were designed by art director Jacques Krauss. Location shooting took place in Canada around Lake Mistassini. Some post-production work was also done at the Neuilly Studios in Paris.


The film was a box office success on its release, ending a run of financial failures for Duvivier.[2] It was awarded the French Grand Prix, and was screened at the Venice Film Festival where it was given a Special Mention. A review in the New York Times praised it as "stirring, full-bodied and tremulously beautiful".[3]



  1. McCann p.71-72
  2. McCann p.72
  3. McCann p.72


  • McCann, Ben. Julien Duvivier. Oxford University Press, 2017.
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