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Fanny

Marc Allégret

 
The Marseille Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Jun 2017

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The Marseille Trilogy

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  • France
  • 1932
  • 127 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • French
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  • Spine #883

The delicate romanticism of The Marseille Trilogy’s opening encounters harsh reality in this installment, which picks up moments after Marius has left his would-be wife, Fanny, for a sailor’s existence. Soon after his departure, Fanny learns that she is pregnant with his child, to the disappointment of her mother and of Marius’s father, César. To secure a better life for her unborn child, she accepts a marriage proposal from the aging widower Honoré Panisse. By turns moving and disarmingly funny, this portrait of heartbreak and its aftermath is buoyed by Pagnol’s openheartedness toward his characters, and by director Marc Allégret’s vivid and assured depiction of colorful Marseille.

Cast

César OllivierRaimu
Marius OllivierPierre Fresnay
Fanny CabanisOrane Demazis
Honoré PanisseFernand Charpin
Honorine CabanisAlida Rouffe
Félix EscartefigueAuguste Mouriès
ClaudineMilly Mathis
Monsieur BrunRobert Vattier

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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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Almost a Love Story: Raimu and Marcel Pagnol

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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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