Le Miracle des loups (1924 film)

Le Miracle des loups (English: The Miracle of the Wolves) is a French historical drama film from 1924, directed by Raymond Bernard, written by André-Paul Antoine, starring Jean-Emile Vanni-Marcoux. The scenario was based on a novel of Henry Dupuis-Mazuel "Le miracle des loups", published in 1924.[1][2]

Le Miracle des loups
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French language poster
Directed byRaymond Bernard
Produced bySociété des Films Historiques
Written byAndré-Paul Antoine
Raymond Bernard
StarringJean-Emile Vanni-Marcoux
Charles Dullin
Music byHenri Rabaud
Release date
28 November 1924 (France)
23 February 1925 (USA)
27 July 1930 (USA)
28 November 1951 (France)
Running time
132 minutes; 73 minutes (sound re-edition)

Numerous scenes were filmed at the Cité de Carcassonne with thousands of participants.[3] It was also filmed in Château de Pierrefonds, Col de Porte, Isère, Le Sappey-en-Chartreuse, and in studio.

Raymond Bernard was a director, screenwriter, and actor.[4] It was a debut for Marie Glory (uncredited).[5]


The narrative takes place in the 15th century, when Louis XI was at odds with Charles of Burgundy.[3] The king's forces are attacked by the Burgundian troops and Beauvais must be defended until reinforcements can arrive. The defence of the city is led by Jeanne Hachette. There are realistic scenes in which wolves attack some of the opponents of Louis XI.[3]

Production and distributionEdit

The film was produced by the Société des Films Historiques (Henri Dupuy-Mazuel) and distributed by the Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont.[6] The première was at the Paris Opéra and was attended by the President of France, the Premier and many other distinguished persons.[3]

In the USA it was distributed under the title The Miracle of the Wolves[3] and in Germany under the title Das Wunder der Wölfe.[2][7] In Spain it was known as El milagro de los lobos,[8] and in Italy as Il Miracolo dei lupi.[9]

In 1930 a sound version was produced.[10]

In 1961 another film was produced with the same scenario and the same title (directed by André Hunebelle).[11]


The film was recognised as a French equivalent of the American The Birth of a Nation (1915).[2]

The film turned its eye on a moment of French glory, the late 15th century, when a sense of national unity had yet to be forged.[12][13] In France it was the most popular film of 1924.[12] It was highly praised by the intelligentsia in France, for its realism, but it was derisively treated by American critics.[14] Later it was claimed as a spectacular production.[3] It has a reputation as one of the highpoints of French silent cinema. It belongs to the best French tradition.[2]



  1. ^ Le Miracle des loups (1924) at the Films de France
  2. ^ a b c d "Das Wunder der Wölfe" (in German). film-ist-kultur.de. Archived from the original on 18 March 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e f Hall, Mordaunt (24 February 1925). "Le Miracle des Loups (1924)". The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b "Le miracle des loups (version sonore) - casting" (in French). gaumont.fr.
  5. ^ "Marie Glory" (in French). cineartistes.com.
  6. ^ "Le Miracle des Loups - histoire d'une restauration" (in French). centrimage.com.
  7. ^ "Zum Film & Regisseur: Der Schachspieler – Filmographie von Raymond Bernard" (in German). Stummfilm auf ARTE. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "El milagro del cine mudo" (in Spanish). El Tiempo. 12 May 1998. Retrieved 12 May 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Gian Luca Farinelli and Vittorio Martinelli (1996). "Films perdus de l'histoire du cinéma" (in French). fgimello.free.fr.
  10. ^ "Le miracle des loups (version sonore)" (in French). gaumont.fr.
  11. ^ "Le Miracle des loups". filmsdefrance.com. 1961.
  12. ^ a b "The Oxford History of World Cinema" (PDF). Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, Oxford University Press. 1996. ISBN 0-19-811257-2
  13. ^ Richard Abel. "French Silent Cinema". douban.com.
  14. ^ Review Summary, "Le Miracle des Loups". New York Times. 1924.

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