Man-woman relationships -- France -- Drama, Marseille (France) -- Social life and customs -- Drama, Sailors -- France -- Drama, Unmarried mothers -- France -- Drama


New Digital Restoration

  • Introduction

    Chef, author, and the proprietor of Chez Panisse


Raimu, Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay,

Come early for a themed lunch at Babette before the screening!

Pagnol directed only one of his Fanny Trilogy, as the films Marius, Fanny, and César are affectionately known, but he is the true auteur of all three films about the inhabitants of the old port of Marseilles. See one or see all three—each is a gem on its own. Marius establishes the characters of César (Raimu), philosopher-at-large and proprietor of a quayside bar; his son Marius (Pierre Fresnay), whose dreams of a life at sea blind him and finally bind him to the love of Fanny, a fishmonger (Orane Demazis); and Panisse (Charpin), a kindly widower who quotes poetry from face-cream pots and waits in the wings for Fanny’s hand. Both Marius’s and Panisse’s wishes are granted, but it’s no fairy tale.

Judy Bloch
  • Marcel Pagnol
Based On
  • the play by Pagnol

  • Ted Pahle
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 127 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection
Additional Info
  • New digital restoration courtesy of Nicolas Pagnol, in partnership with Janus Films.

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Post-Thanksgiving recipe: French fare (article), Berkeleyan, 2004

On DVD : Trilogy is worth the wait (review), Los Angeles Times, 2004

Marcel Pagnol's Provence (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1995

French film, texts and contexts (book excerpt), Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ginette Vincendeau, 1990

Marius (review), Village Voice, Andrew Sarris, 1988

Alexander Korda (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Karol Kulik, 1976

Marius, Fanny, César (article)

Pagnol (flyer), Castro Theatre

Marcel Pagnol (distributor materials)

The 'Fanny trilogy' (program note)

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