Fanny

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.

Film Info

  • Marc Allégret
  • France
  • 1932
  • 127 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.19:1
  • French
  • Spine #883

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Fanny
Cast
Raimu
César Ollivier
Pierre Fresnay
Marius Ollivier
Orane Demazis
Fanny Cabanis
Fernand Charpin
Honoré Panisse
Alida Rouffe
Honorine Cabanis
Auguste Mouriès
Félix Escartefigue
Milly Mathis
Claudine
Robert Vattier
Monsieur Brun
Credits
Director
Marc Allégret
Screenplay
Marcel Pagnol
Producer
Roger Richebé
Cinematography
Nicolas Toporkoff
Editor
Jean Mamy
Set design
Gabriel Scognamillo
Music
Vincent Scotto

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