The Lafarge Case

The Lafarge Case (French: L'Affaire Lafarge) is a 1938 French historical crime film directed by Pierre Chenal and starring Pierre Renoir, Marcelle Chantal and Raymond Rouleau.[1] It recalls a famous nineteenth century case, and is mostly portrayed in flashback.[2]

The Lafarge Case
Directed byPierre Chenal
Produced byArnold Pressburger
Written byAndré-Paul Antoine
Jean Aurenche
Henri Calef
Ernest Fornairon(book)
Arnold Lipp
StarringPierre Renoir
Marcelle Chantal
Raymond Rouleau
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyLouis Page
Theodore J. Pahle
Edited byChristian Gaudin
Jean Oser
Compagnie Internationale de Productions Cinématographiques
Trianon Films
Distributed byMondial Films
Release date
8 March 1938
Running time
110 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Robert Gys and Eugène Lourié.


  • Pierre Renoir as Charles Lafarge
  • Marcelle Chantal as Marie Lafarge-Capelle
  • Raymond Rouleau as Maître Lachaud
  • Margo Lion as Aména Lafarge
  • Sylvie as Adélaîde Lafarge
  • Erich von Stroheim as Denis
  • Florence Marly as Emma Pontier
  • Berthe d'Yd as Mlle. Brun
  • Auguste Bovério as Le président des Assises
  • Sylvette Fillacier as Clémentine
  • Palau as Defoy
  • Lisette Missier as Mlle. von Martens
  • Odette Talazac as L'aubergiste
  • Yvette Darnys as Une fille
  • Solange Sicard as Une fille
  • Agnès Duval as Catherine
  • René Bergeron as L'oncle Pontier
  • Paul Amiot as Le procureur
  • André Gabriello as Rogue
  • Gustave Gallet as Orfiela
  • Franck Maurice as Le préfet
  • Roger Blin as Le journalier
  • Georges Douking as Parent
  • Etienne Decroux as Un paysan
  • François Viguier as Un expert
  • Gonzague Frick as Le greffier
  • Jean Bouzanquet as Le cavalier
  • Martial Rèbe as Le médecin
  • Georges Mauloy as Le directeur de la prison
  • Edmond Castel as Le sous-directeur de la prison
  • Marc Daray as Forge
  • Paul Marthès as Le curé
  • as Le préfet


  1. Towne, Vincent (December 23, 1940). "The Lafarge Case – All France Was Aroused By Famous Murder Mystery". Toledo Blade. p. 26. Retrieved March 22, 2016.
  2. Andrew p.164


  • Andrews, Dudley. Mists of Regret: Culture and Sensibility in Classic French Film. Princeton University Press, 1995.

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