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

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Release Date:06/20/2017
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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

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