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Fanny (2008)

Leslie Caron , Maurice Chevalier , Joshua Logan  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer, Lionel Jeffries
  • Directors: Joshua Logan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001675YPW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From legendary stage and screen director Joshua Logan (South Pacific, Picnic, Camelot) comes a timeless romance starring Leslie Caron (Gigi) as a young and beautiful girl in Marseille whose declaration of love for handsome Marius (Horst Buchholz) forces him to choose between a life with her and his father's plans to send him off to sea for five years. Also starring Maurice Chevalier (Love in the Afternoon) and Charles Boyer (Gaslight), this colorful classic features stunning cinematography by the legendary Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes) and was nominated for five Academy Awards.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD PLEASE!!! September 15, 2004
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This is one of the finest romance films I can think of. The cast carries it off splendidly and the film is gloriously photographed. There are so many touching moments in this film that to go into detail about it would ruin someone's first experience of it. Leslie Caron was never more expressive. She plays innocent, caring, noble, sad, joyful, and intelligent. Her acting talents are on full display here. She deserved an Oscar nomination for this performance.

The picture received a nomination and Joshua Logan has a better time out directing this one than with "South Pacific," even though he had the Pagnol original to rely upon. So many scenes resonate with truth and emotion in this film. I recommend it highly. And, again, Warners, where is the DVD????
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming, romantic fairytale June 1, 2001
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A charming romantic fable, FANNY is based on the "Marseilles Trilogy" by Pagnol and the Broadway musical from 1954.
Leslie Caron plays Fanny, the impish daughter of Honorine (Georgette Anys), who sells fish on the waterfront. Marius (Horst Bucholtz) and his father Cesare (Charles Boyer) own the bar overlooking the bay.
When Fanny proclaims her love for Marius, they plan to marry, when Marius is tempted away through his desire to become a sailor. He leaves Fanny and his unborn child to an uncertain fate.
A relief comes in the form of wealthy and kindly Panisse (Maurice Chevalier) who offers to marry Fanny and raise the child as his own.
A charming, hypnotic tale that boasts stellar performances. Boyer was nominated for Best Actor here, but why was Caron not nominated? She gives probably one of the finest performances of her career here.
Directed by Joshua Logan (SOUTH PACIFIC), FANNY is one very entertaining movie.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favorite Movies November 9, 2003
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"Fanny" was made almost ten years before I was born, but it is one of my favorite romances. It is a wonderful story about love found, love lost and love found again. You will feel the characters' emotions as though you were standing there. It takes place in Marseilles a waterfront community on the coast of France. There is Marius who is in love with Fanny, but dreams of going to sea. Fanny is also in love with Marius, but in order to help him live his dream she sacrifices her own. In a twist of fate Fanny marries another man. There is also Cesar, Marius' father, Panisse, Fanny's husband, and Cesario, Fanny and Marius' son. I have watched this film too many times to count.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal love story. January 16, 2003
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Fanny is the story of a young man and young woman, childhood friends who are probably destined to marry. Horst Buchholz and Leslie Caron portray these two young people, Marius and Fanny. However, choice intrudes into the otherwise smooth flow of events and unplanned consequences occur.
This is a complex story. Marius is the son of a tavern owner. Fanny is the daughter of a fish purveyor in Marsailles. You can see that their fate is pre-ordained.Early in the story Marius and Fanny become lovers. You would expect the two to marry. But there is a restlessness in Marius that is eating in him like acid. He does not want to be the next tavern owner. His horizons are those of the sea and when an oceanographic ship comes into port, he ships out as a member of the crew.
Events unfold quickly upon his departure. Fanny discovers she is pregnant. Her mother threatens to disown her. A ship chandler played by Maurice Chevalier steps in and offers to marry her and save her from the shame and ridicule that an out of wedlock birth would have produced. Marius father, played by Charles Boyer, at first is against the marriage but soon comes around to agreeing to it.
Marius is gone but he is always present - like a spectre. Fanny has never forgotten him, nor has his father and fanny's husband.
Briefly, Marius returns to Marsailles to pick up a part for the ship. He meets Fanny and learns he is a father but that his son is being raised by another man. This meeting is extremely moving as all the charecters come together for a moment of truth.
Yet the film continues on. Marius son grows older and through the intervention of a friend of Marius', he meets Marius but doesn't know he is his father. All he knows is that the man is a friend of his mother.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the sweetest movies I've ever seen, and it is a shame that Warner Bros. didn't bother to renew their rights to it. Image Entertainment rides to the rescue, though, with a new DVD release of this classic.

When I say the movie is sweet, it manages to do so without being cheesy. Leslie Caron is in the title role as a young woman who finds herself pregnant after consummating her relationship with Marius, a young man who has a lust to travel and hates being tied down. The next day he leaves for a long sea journey. When Fanny learns of her condition, she accepts a proposal from the elderly Panisse (Maurice Chevalier) and he gives all of his love and acceptance to both her and her child. Marius returns after the child is born, never having known until he returns that he is a father. He wants Fanny back, and he and Panisse square off in a showdown over both Fanny and her child. However, Fanny has something to say about this too. It's a great film about love, responsibility, selfishness, and the root of true happiness.

It is my favorite Leslie Caron movie and a great role for Chevalier in his later years. After having just recently seen the Ernst Lubitsch musicals Chevalier starred in thirty years before, I have to say he may have grayed but he never lost that essential indescribable charm he had in his youth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed in this movie
This could have so easily been a 5 star movie. Unfortunately, they couldn't make up their minds if it was going to be a farce, a plain comedy or a drama so they mixed up all 3 and... Read more
Published 3 days ago by JJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great thank you
Published 4 days ago by suzanne
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the story and the romance as well as the ...
I remembered this movie from years ago, and it was one of my favorites. I love the story and the romance as well as the love portrayed by the older gentleman who married Fanny. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Margaret Rose Glenn
1.0 out of 5 stars and the sound wasn't good either, I returned it to the shipper
This rating isn't about the movie, its about the quality of the VHS tape. It was awful - dark and fuzzy, and the sound wasn't good either,
I returned it to the shipper. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Job Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. It should get more notoriety
Very good. It should get more notoriety.
Published 23 days ago by Gordon Lemons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it...great story...with passion...very good drama
Published 26 days ago by barbara giordano
4.0 out of 5 stars It is very adorable.
I caught the part of the movie on TCM and had to see it from the beginning. Being able to see it in it's entirety was well worth the dvd, and I am glad to be able to see it over... Read more
Published 27 days ago by David E.Nelson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The copy I received did not play in my US Blu-Ray player. It was returned.
Published 1 month ago by Max Jedda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Patrick Accrocco
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Picture Nominee 1961
Great film,see it if you're a lover, not a fighter.
Published 1 month ago by johnnyangel10
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