The Marseille Trilogy: Marius

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France | 1931 | 127 minutes | Alexander Korda

Part one of playwright-turned-filmmaker Marcel Pagnol’s epic, bittersweet trilogy is presented in a new 4K restoration and introduces young shopkeepers Marius and Fanny, who seem destined to marry if only Marius can overcome his wanderlust.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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On the waterfront in Marseille, Marius (Pierre Fresnay) and Fanny (Orane Demazis) always seemed destined to be together. They would flirt while Marius worked at a bar owned by his father, César (Raimu), and she sold cockles on the docks nearby. But Marius' passion for the seafaring life and Fanny's persistent suitor, the much older widower Honore Panisse (Fernand Charpin), lead the would-be lovers in different, meandering directions with unexpected consequences. So begins one of the more enduring and beloved trilogies in French cinema, and one of the earliest examples of neorealism on screen. Marius (1931) is the first of three films based on the works of playwright Marcel Pagnol, the others being Fanny (1932) and César (1936), following the intersecting arcs of the same characters over a 20-year period, but each helmed by a different director. Adapted by for the screen by Pagnol himself, and directed by Alexander Korda, Marius breathes life into these star-crossed characters, adding rich details and filling them with equal parts poignancy and humor. This SIFF 2017 Archival Presentation is your chance to see on the big screen the entire "Marseille Trilogy" following a recent, luminous 4K restoration, a veritable seminar in early French cinema and the vibrant pageant of working-class life at a bustling Mediterranean seaport.

Director Biography

Alexander Korda was one of many Hungarian refugees to make England home in the 1930s. He later received a knighthood—the first filmmaker ever to do so. The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), Rembrandt (1936), and That Hamilton Woman (1941) are just a few of his many acclaimed works.

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  • Original Language Title: Marius
  • Director: Alexander Korda
  • Principal Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: France
  • Year: 1931
  • Running Time: 127 minutes
  • Producer: Robert Kane
  • Screenplay: Marcel Pagnol
  • Cinematographers: Ted Pahle
  • Editors: Roger Spiri-Mercanton
  • Music: Francis Gromon
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: An Ideal Husband (1947); That Hamilton Woman (1941); Rembrandt (1936); The Private Life of Henry VIII. (1933); The Girl from Maxim’s (1933)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Janus Films