Picnic on the Grass

Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe is a 1959 film directed by Jean Renoir. It was distributed in the USA as Picnic on the Grass; it is known in the UK by its original title or in translation as Lunch on the Grass.[1][2] It shares its title with the painting by Édouard Manet.

Picnic on the Grass
Film poster
Directed byJean Renoir
Produced byGinette Courtois-Doynel
Written byJean Renoir
StarringPaul Meurisse
Catherine Rouvel
Fernand Ledoux
Music byJoseph Kosma
Release date
11 November 1959
Running time
91 minutes


The film was named to year-end top ten lists by Andrew Sarris,[3] Jean-Luc Godard,[4] Jacques Rivette,[5] and François Truffaut.[6]


  1. "Le DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE (1959)". BFI. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  2. Monthly Film Bulletin, London, UK: British Film Institute, May 1960, p. 63, OCLC 271801913
  3. Johnson, Eric C. (2018-10-20). "Andrew Sarris' Top Ten Lists 1958-2006". alumnus.caltech.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  4. Johnson, Eric C. "Jean-Luc Godard's Top Ten Lists 1956-1965". alumnus.caltech.edu. Archived from the original on 2018-11-20.
  5. "10 best films - Cahiers 1954-1966". My Gleanings: Jacques Rivette. 2004-02-27. Retrieved 2019-01-27.
  6. "My Gleanings: François Truffaut -- 10 Best films from Cahiers 1954-1965". My Gleanings. 2004-02-27. Retrieved 2019-01-27.

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