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César

Marcel Pagnol

 
The Marseille Trilogy (Criterion Blu-Ray)

20 Jun 2017

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  • France
  • 1936
  • 141 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #884

In the final chapter of The Marseille Trilogy, Marcel Pagnol returns his compassionate gaze to his weathered characters as they discover the possibility of reconciliation and the durability of love. Leaping forward twenty years, the trilogy continues with the death of Fanny’s husband, Panisse, and the discovery of her secret by her son, Césariot. The young man resolves to track down his biological father, Marius, whose life has been fraught with calamity and poverty. The only film in the trilogy written expressly for the screen and directed by Pagnol, César resolves the protagonists’ star-crossed destinies with the garrulous wit and understated naturalism that have made this epic love story a landmark of humanist filmmaking.

Cast

César OllivierRaimu
Marius OllivierPierre Fresnay
Fanny PanisseOrane Demazis
Honoré PanisseFernand Charpin
Honorine CabanisAlida Rouffe
Félix EscartefiguePaul Dullac
CésariotAndré Fouché
ClaudineMilly Mathis
Monsieur BrunRobert Vattier
Dr. VenelleÉdouard Delmont
Elzéar the priestThommeray

Credits

DirectorMarcel Pagnol
ScreenplayMarcel Pagnol
Line producerCharles Pons
CinematographyWilly Faktorovitch
EditorSuzanne de Troeye
Set decoratorGalibert
MusicVincent Scotto

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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