The Marseille Trilogy: Marius/Fanny/Cesar [Criterion Collection] [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Archival interviews with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, and Robert Vattier
  • French television clip from 2015 about the restoration of the trilogy
  • Marseille, a short 1935 documentary about the Marseille harbor produced by Pagnol
  • New 4k digital restorations of all three films
  • New English Subtitle Translations
  • New interview with Nicolas Pagnol, grandson of Writer-Director Marcel Pagnol
  • New introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
  • Pagnol's Poetic Realism, a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles
  • Plus: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and excerpts from Pagnol's introductions to his plays andn screenplays
  • Segments from Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux Choisis, a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol's life and work
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer

Synopsis

Marius
In this touching romance, the first in Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles trilogy (the other two being Fanny and Cesar, Pierre Fresnay stars as Marius, a young man tending bar who dreams of a life at sea. Because he so desires to become a sailor, he cannot commit to marriage even though he loves Fanny (Orane Demazis). When the rich Honore Panisse (Charpin) proposes to Fanny, Marius becomes enraged, but still refuses to ask for her hand. At the bar, Fanny confesses her love for him and tells Marius she has rejected Honore's proposal. Marius admits his love for her as well and they retire to a back room to make love. When Marius is told a spot has opened up on a departing ship, he declines to sign on, not wanting to leave Fanny, but he still refuses to marry her. Fanny overhears the conversation, and not wanting to hold Marius back from the life at sea he so desires, tells Marius she has changed her mind and accepted Honore's proposal. Heartbroken, Marius rushes to pack and catch the departing ship. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Fanny
In this sequel to Marcel Pagnol's Marius, which picks up roughly where the first film left off, sailor Marius (Pierre Fresney) has left for the sea, while his girlfriend Fanny (Orane Demazis) is pregnant with his child. Through she still loves Marius, Fanny bows to the pleas of her parents and agrees to marry Panisse (Fernand Charpin), an elderly sail maker, so that her baby will have a name and a father at home. Marius' father Cesar (Raimu) tries to keep Fanny's marriage and the child that Marius fathered a secret from him, but to no avail; when Marius learns of Fanny's predicament, he comes home as quickly as possible. While Marius and Fanny want to reconcile, Fanny's parents will hear nothing of it, and Panisse refuses to give Fanny up, declaring that while he is not the biological father of the child, the baby is his son in every other sense. With a heavy heart, Cesar advises his son to return to the life of the sea, and a heartbroken Marius follows his father's advice. Pagnol concluded his "Marseilles Trilogy" three years later with Cesar. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

César
The final film in Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles trilogy (following Marius and Fanny), this drama follows Cesariot (Andre Fouche), an 18-year-old who has recently been led to believe that his father, Honore (Fernand Charpin), is not really his father at all. Honore dies without telling Cesariot about his true parentage, but after the funeral, his mother Fanny (Orane Demazis) breaks the news that Cesar (Raimu), who he had always been told was his godfather, is in fact his grandfather. Cesariot asks Cesar for the truth; the old man tells him that his real dad is Marius (Pierre Fresnay), an auto mechanic, and tells him how to find the garage where Marius works. Cesariot sets out to meet Marius, but when he stops by the garage, Marius isn't in. His boss, Fernand (Doumel), decides to have some fun and tells Cesariot that Marius is a notorious outlaw; the boy buys it hook, line, and sinker and returns home heartbroken. When Marius finds out what happened, he realizes that he must find the boy and see if the damage can still be repaired. While any of the three films in Pagnol's trilogy can be enjoyed separately, Cesar in particular is best appreciated when seen alongside the other two films. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Raimu
    Raimu - Cesar Olivier
  • Pierre Fresnay
    Pierre Fresnay - Marius
  • Orane Demazis
    Orane Demazis - Fanny
  • Fernand Charpin
    Fernand Charpin - Honore Panisse
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    Alida Rouffe - Honorine Cabanis
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