Lovers of Paris

Lovers of Paris

Mexican poster for the film
Directed by Julien Duvivier
Produced by Paris Film Productions
Screenplay by Julien Duvivier
Léo Joannon
Henri Jeanson
Based on Pot-Bouille
by Émile Zola
Starring Gérard Philipe
Danielle Darrieux
Release dates
  • 1957 (1957)
Running time
115 minutes
Country France

Lovers of Paris (original title Pot-Bouille, "Stew Pot") is a 1957 French film directed by Julien Duvivier and starring Gérard Philipe. It is based on the novel Pot-Bouille by Émile Zola.[1][2][3][4]

The movie is in black and white, and filmed in 35 mm. It premiered in France on October 18, 1957.

It was the second film Duvivier directed based on a novel in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series, the first being Au Bonheur des Dames in 1930.


A young provincial, Octave Mouret, arrives in Paris during the Second Empire. Madame Josserand, a society woman who thinks of little other than marrying off her daughter Berthe, sets her sights on him. But Octave has already turned his attention to the married Madame Hédouin, who runs a large department store, "Au Bonheur des Dames", where he is hired as a salesman. She is beautiful, but remains distant despite Octave's efforts to be noticed. Upset, Madame Josserand forces Berthe, against her will, to marry Auguste Vabre, a shopkeeper with little money. Berthe soon becomes Octave's mistress, and Octave applies his commercial talents to straightening out Auguste's finances. Madame Hédouin, now widowed, then realizes the business and romantic possibilities with her handsome young salesman.




  1. Crowther, Bosley. "House of Lovers (1957)". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. "House of Lovers (1957)". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  3. "Pot-Bouille (1957)". Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  4. "Julien Duvivier". Retrieved 16 January 2014.

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