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Marius

Alexander Korda

 
The Marseille Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Jun 2017

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  • France
  • 1931
  • 127 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • French
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  • Spine #882

Adapting his hit play Marius for the screen two years after its stage premiere, Marcel Pagnol turned his inimitable creative energies to the new medium of sound cinema in a felicitous collaboration with the Hungarian-born director Alexander Korda, soon to leave his mark on British cinema. Young Marius and Fanny begin to recognize that their lifelong friendship has blossomed into romance, but their hopes of marriage are left unrealized when Marius cannot overcome his longing to go to sea, against the wishes of his adoring father, César, but with Fanny’s selfless encouragement. Pagnol and Korda bring a keening lyricism to this tale of lovers torn between devotion and the restless urge for adventure, a conflict that begins to shape their destinies in ways they could never have predicted.

Cast

César OllivierRaimu
Marius OllivierPierre Fresnay
Fanny CabanisOrane Demazis
Honoré PanisseFernand Charpin
Honorine CabanisAlida Rouffe
Félix EscartefiguePaul Dullac
PiquoiseauAlexandre Mihalesco
Monsieur BrunRobert Vattier
Le GoelecÉdouard Delmont

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Film Essays

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The Marseille Trilogy: Life Goes to the Movies

By Michael Atkinson June 20, 2017

At the dawn of sound cinema, French theater titan Marcel Pagnol immortalized his epic vision of his native Provence in three exquisite humanist dramas. Read more »

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Film Essays

Current_28857id_049_thumbnail

The Marseille Trilogy: Life Goes to the Movies

By Michael Atkinson June 20, 2017

At the dawn of sound cinema, French theater titan Marcel Pagnol immortalized his epic vision of his native Provence in three exquisite humanist dramas. Read more »

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