At the Grand Balcony

At the Grand Balcony (French: Au grand balcon) is a 1949 French drama film directed by Henri Decoin and starring Pierre Fresnay, Georges Marchal and Félix Oudart.[1] It was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art director René Renoux.

At the Grand Balcony
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Directed byHenri Decoin
Written byJoseph Kessel
Marcel Rivet
Produced byRaymond Borderie
StarringPierre Fresnay
Georges Marchal
Félix Oudart
CinematographyNicolas Hayer
Edited byAnnick Millet
Music byJoseph Kosma
Compagnie Industrielle et Commerciale Cinématographique
Distributed byLes Films Corona
Release date
  • 30 November 1949 (1949-11-30)
Running time
123 minutes

The plot revolves around the founding of the French pioneering aviation company Aéropostale in the years after the First World War. Led by the war veteran Carbot they attempt to establish a commercial airline that can connect the far reaches of French territory. It takes its name from the real-life Hôtel du Grand Balcon in Toulouse where the various characters stay.



  1. ^ Oscherwitz & Higgins p.275
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Au grand balcon". Archived from the original on 3 October 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2009.


  • Dayna Oscherwitz & MaryEllen Higgins. The A to Z of French Cinema. Scarecrow Press, 2009.

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