Traveling Light (1944 film)

Traveling Light (French: Le Voyageur sans bagage) is a 1944 French drama film directed by Jean Anouilh, starring Pierre Fresnay and Blanchette Brunoy. The narrative is set in 1931, when a man with amnesia tries to recover his memories from World War I, in order to find out what kind of man he really is. The film is based on Anouilh's 1937 play with the same title.

Traveling Light
Directed byJean Anouilh
Produced byLéon Carré
Screenplay byJean Anouilh
Based onLe Voyageur sans bagage by Jean Anouilh
StarringPierre Fresnay
Blanchette Brunoy
Music byFrancis Poulenc
CinematographyChristian Matras
Edited byJean Feyte
Release date
  • 23 February 1944 (1944-02-23)
Running time
99 minutes



Just like with Jean Cocteau, World War II gave Jean Anouilh the opportunity to advance in the French film industry. Anouilh had written dialogue for several films in the 1930s, but Traveling Light was his directorial debut. He would eventually direct one additional film, Two Pennies Worth of Violets from 1951. The screenplay for Traveling Light was based on Anouilh's own 1937 play Le Voyageur sans bagage. Filming began on 4 October 1943.[1]


The film premiered on 23 February 1944.[2] It was successful although the records of the release are fragmentary, because the theatrical run coincided with the Allied invasion of France. The film was criticized by the church for its "systematic ridicule of the family".[1]


  1. Crisp, Colin (2015). "Le Voyageur sans bagage". French Cinema—A Critical Filmography: Volume 2, 1940–1958, Volume 2. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 91–94. ISBN 978-0-253-01695-9.
  2. "Le Voyageur sans bagage (1943) Jean Anouilh". (in French). Cinémathèque Française. Retrieved 2015-03-07.
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