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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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The film is perhaps a bit too leisurely for modern tastes, and I think a few minutes might have been profitably trimmed, but overall this is a beautiful, entertainiing, and very moving experience.
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. He learns what Marius life has been like since he left Marsailles and it is far from what Marius had expected.
The climax of the film is wonderful and extremely moving.
This film combines a fine cast, both principles and supporting members, with marvelous locations and a compeling theme. I recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the Marsailles Trilogy. This is an extremely powerful and moving film. It should be a must have in everyone's video library.