The Temptation of Barbizon

The Temptation of Barbizon (French: La Tentation de Barbizon) is a French fantasy-romance film from 1946, directed by Jean Stelli, written by André-Paul Antoine and Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon, and starring Simone Renant and François Périer.[1] It was the first film of French actor Louis de Funès, who appeared in a 40-second, uncredited role. The black-and-white film is listed in the 100 IMDB Top International Romance Movies of the 1940s.[2]

La Tentation de Barbizon
Directed byJean Stelli
Produced byCPF
Written byAndré-Paul Antoine
Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon
StarringSimone Renant
François Périer
Music byRené Sylviano
Distributed byComptoir du film
Release date
  • 13 March 1946 (1946-03-13)
Running time
100 minutes


Martine and Michel are very much in love and have decided to get married, but one evening, their love is put to the test. Two messengers, a demon and an angel, come to their house. Ben Atkinson (the demon) comes first and offers Michel a good job and money. Martine suspects a trick, but Michel is ready to accept the demon's offer. The angel tries to go for help but is stopped by devil, who uses policemen to back him up. At the end, the angel prevents the demon's plans.

Funès debutEdit

De Funès began his show business career in the theatre. In 1945, thanks to his contact with Daniel Gélin, he made his film debut at the age of 31 with a bit part in La Tentation de Barbizon.[3] De Funès' appeared on screen for 40 seconds in the role of the porter of the cabaret Le Paradis. De Funès receives the character of Jérôme Chambon at the entrance of the cabaret and invites him to enter by a downstairs door, saying "C'est par ici Monsieur" ("This way, sir"). Chambon declines the invitation, wanting to try to enter through the front door of the room instead, but since that door is closed, he crashes into it. De Funès then says: "Ben, il a son compte celui-là, aujourd'hui" ("He's had enough today, that one").[4]

Production detailsEdit

The film was produced by the Consortium du Production and filmed at the Studio du Bologne.[5] It was distributed in German theatres by the Internationale Filmallianz (1948)[5] under the title Wenn der Himmel versagt – Der Satan und die Hochzeitsreise ("When the Heavens Fail – Satan and the Honeymoon").[6]



  1. ^ Steinhauer, Pierre (2003). Louis de Funès: Die Deutsche Biografie. BoD – Books on Demand. ISBN 9783833403811. p. 266.
  2. ^ "Romance Movies". Magic Dragon Multimedia. 23 November 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Louis de Funès l'appelait "Ma Chance" lorsqu’il le croisait (Louis de Funès : Jusqu’au bout du rire, p. 43.).
  4. ^ Bourvil, André. "Louis de Funès". IFrance.
  5. ^ a b "Company Credits for The Temptation of Barbizon (1946)". Internet Movie Database. 2010. Retrieved 13 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Chronologie". Retrieved 13 October 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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