Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This little-known Marcel Pagnol production stars his wife Jacqueline as a miller's daughter. The film concerns her romance with the rich and powerful Schubert, played by Tino Rossi. However, the storyline of La Belle Meuniere is not as fascinating as the film's technical history. It was lensed in an experimental process called Rouxcolor, wherein four black-and-white images were projected on the screen simultaneously through special tinted lenses, thereby giving the illusion of color and depth. Pagnol had intended to make film in the usual "flat" black-and-white process, but when he became intrigued with Rouxcolor he scrapped his completed footage and started all over. Unfortunately, Rouxicolor proved too cumbersome for widespread distribution.