The Marseille Trilogy: Fanny

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France | 1932 | 127 minutes | Marc Allégret

In part two, Fanny discovers she is pregnant and decides to wed the aged widower Honoré Panisse, who agrees to support her child until Marius returns unexpectedly and demands what he believes is still his.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

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This sequel to Alexander Korda's 1931 Marius begins where the previous film ended, with Marseille seafood vendor Fanny (Orane Demazis) bidding farewell to her secret lover, Marius (Pierre Fresnay), who cannot resist the inexorable pull of the sea. Already distraught, Fanny soon realizes she is pregnant. Her longtime suitor, Honore Panisse (Fernand Charpin), an older widower and wealthy merchant, agrees to keep the baby's provenance a secret, and she accepts his gallant offer of marriage. This cozy arrangement is upended, however, when Marius returns unexpectedly from the sea to butt heads with his protective father, César (Raimu). Fanny is the middle installment of the famous "Marseille Trilogy" based on the works of French playwright Marcel Pagnol, who also penned the screenplay. Each of the films has a different director. Fanny was directed by Marc Allegret while the final film, César (1936) was helmed by Pagnol yet each one maintains a similar humanist glow, with Marseille acting as a distinct character, full of life, energy, and working-class wit. The film was given a Technicolor reboot nearly 30 years later, starring Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Charles Boyer, but this original 1932 work is no less stunning in its location shots of the teeming port city, especially in this radiant 4K restoration. Don't miss your chance to see this rare gem about love, loss, and the power of reconciliation.

Director Biography

Legendary Swiss filmmaker Marc Allégret had a prolific career that spanned over 40 years. Throughout, he experimented with drama, comedy, and crime thrillers. Blanche Fury (1948) and Plucking the Daisy (1956) are two of his most renowned films.

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  • Original Language Title: Fanny
  • Director: Marc Allégret
  • Principal Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1932
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Producer: Roger Richebe
  • Screenplay: Marcel Pagnol
  • Cinematographers: Nikolai Toporkoff
  • Editors: Jean Mamy
  • Music: Vincent Scotto
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Ball of Count Orgel (1970); The Man From Chicago (1963); Be Beautiful But Shut Up (1958); Plucking the Daisy (1956); Blanche Fury (1948)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Janus Films