The Red Inn

The Red Inn (French: L'auberge rouge) is a 1951 French comedy-crime film directed by Claude Autant-Lara, starring Fernandel, Françoise Rosay and Julien Carette. Set in 1833, it tells the story of how a monk visits the inn l'Auberge rouge in Peyrebeille, where the innkeeper confesses to a number of serious sins. The film is based on the actual crime case of the Peyrebeille Inn. It premiered on 19 October 1951.[1] A remake of the film, directed by Gérard Krawczyk, premiered in 2007.[2]

The Red Inn
Directed byClaude Autant-Lara
Produced bySimon Schiffrin
Written byJean Aurenche
Pierre Bost
Claude Autant-Lara
Françoise Rosay
Julien Carette
Music byRené Cloërec
CinematographyAndré Bac
Edited byMadeleine Gug
Memnon Films
Distributed byLes Acacias
Release date
  • 19 October 1951 (1951-10-19)
Running time
95 minutes



The film was originally supposed to be an adaptation of Honoré de Balzac's 1831 short story The Red Inn ("L'auberge rouge"), as part of the commemoration 100 years after Balzac's death. When the financing encountered problems and took longer than expected, the filmmakers decided to keep the title, but change the project into a treatment of the events of the Auberge rouge in Peyrebeille, which are unrelated to Balzac's story.[3]

The story had been filmed twice before, as a 1910 French silent film adapted by Abel Gance, and later as a 1923 film directed by Jean Epstein, with both of those earlier versions sticking much closer to the original story[4].


  1. "L'auberge rouge (1951)". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-10.
  2. "L'auberge rouge (2007)". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-10.
  3. "Anecdotes du film L'auberge rouge". AlloCiné (in French). Retrieved 2014-09-10.
  4. Workman, Christopher; Howarth, Troy (2016). "Tome of Terror: Horror Films of the Silent Era". Midnight Marquee Press. p. 267. ISBN 978-1936168-68-2.

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