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L'école buissonnière (1949)

Soon after the Great War, the Provence village of Salezes gets a new boys' teacher: Mr. Pascal, a war hero with a diploma from a teachers' college. He rejects old methods: boys' sitting ... See full summary »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Blier ... Buffle Pascal, l'instituteur
Juliette Faber Juliette Faber ... Lise Arnaud, l'institutrice
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... M. Arnaud, le vieux maître (as Delmont)
Edmond Ardisson ... Le coiffeur Pourpre / The Barber (as Ardisson)
Henri Arius Henri Arius ... Le maire Hector Malicorne / The Mayor (as Arius)
Bréols Bréols ... Aristide
Géo Beuf Géo Beuf ... Honoré
Georges Cahuzac Georges Cahuzac ... Cornille
Jean-Louis Allibert ... M. St. Saviole, Le 'novateur' / 'The innovator'
Louis Lions Louis Lions ... Félix (as Lions)
Louisol Louisol ... Le menuisier
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... M. Alexandre, the pharmacist
Rilda Rilda ... Le facteur
Sicard Sicard ... Tordo
Danny Caron Danny Caron ... Cécile Simonin
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Soon after the Great War, the Provence village of Salezes gets a new boys' teacher: Mr. Pascal, a war hero with a diploma from a teachers' college. He rejects old methods: boys' sitting still with arms folded memorizing facts. He uses modern methods: he becomes their guide. The boys build a water-powered electric generator, interview their parents about shoe-making and cooking, draw, write poetry, and, after Pascal brings a box of type, put their own magazine together, printed on the backs of old ballots. Their new interest in critical thinking stirs opposition from the mayor and others. The teacher offers a deal: if even one student fails the national exam, he'll resign. All eyes are on Albert, an older youth who has failed three times. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Schoolteacher Celestin Freinet whose life and innovative educational methods are the subject of this movie, suited producer to have his name mentioned in the credits. See more »

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Hard to Dislike Drama
2 July 2019 | by jrd_73See all my reviews

Passion for Life begins with a new teacher coming to a rural village. This teacher, Pascal, is fresh from college, eager, and with new ideas about how school should be taught. For one, he does not like sitting on a raised platform above the students. For another, he distrusts rote memorization. Finally, he wants the students to develop a passion for learning and to always be curious. These beliefs put Pascal at odds with the village leaders, the old teacher Pascal is replacing, and, at first, the old teacher's daughter.

I saw Passion for Life at a summer college film series. None of the audience members knew anything about the film. They ended up being very pleased with the film. It is a hard one to dislike. Passion for Life is a light, pro-student, pro-education film that runs only 90 minutes. This is classical French filmmaking, pre-New Wave, when the emphasis was on rustic characters.

I am not often taken by sentimental films, but I like this one. True, it offers few surprises and the script is not overly risky. However, the film succeeds at everything it wants to do. I was also pleased to see that the climatic speech was given by one of the students instead of the teacher. Passion for Life deserves to be better known in the United States.

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8 April 1949 (France) See more »

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I Have a New Master See more »

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