In this screen adaptation of André Gide’s novella, a Swiss pastor has sheltered and raised a little blind girl who speaks and walks with difficulty. Now a woman, Gertrude is courted by the pastor’s son, Jacques. The pastor, jealous, refuses to allow their marriage. But then Gertrude has an operation and recovers her sight…

Georges Auric’s dark, passionate score endures as one of the film’s great strengths.

The film will be screened from a rare 35mm archival print.


Introduced by Colin Roust, Professor in musicology (University of Kansas), author of George Auric, A Life in Music and Politics (Oxford University Press, 2020)

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Ciné Lumière + intro