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The Fanny Trilogy (Marius/Fanny/Cesar)

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Marius - Marius, the first film in the Fanny Trilogy, masterfully tells the tale of the subject Pagnol knew best, the people and settings of Marseilles, in the south of France. C+ªsar (Raimu) is a caf+ª owner in the port of Marseilles whose son Marius (Pierre Fresnay) loves Fanny (Orane Demazis), the daughter of a fish-monger, but also longs to live the adventurous life of a sailor. Fanny - Set in Marseilles, the young and beautiful Fanny discovers that she is pregnant after her lover, Marius, has deserted her to follow the adventurous life of the sea. This second installation was the last in the trilogy to be adapted by Pagnol from the stage. Cesar - The final film in Pagnol's trilogy begins with the death of C+ªsar's best friend, old Panisse, the town merchant who has devoted his wealth and love to the happiness of his young wife, Fanny, and their son. After the death of Panisse, the son is told by his mother that his real father is the legendary Marius, C+ªsar's son, who left Marseilles 20 years earlier to travel the world. Feeling betrayed, the son sets out to find Marius, who is living quietly in a nearby town.

Special Features

  • "About the Trilogy" (2003), a 74-minute documentary about Marcel Pagnol's "Fanny Trilogy"
  • Theatrical trailers for "Marius," "Fanny" and, "Cesar"
  • Audio Commentary by Marcel Pagnol for "Marius" (60 min), Fanny (18 min), and Cesar (10 min)
  • Posters Gallery
  • Still Gallery
  • Gallery of Original Promotional Material
  • A Marcel Pagnol Biography
  • Filmographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Orane Demazis, Alida Rouffe
  • Directors: Alexander Korda, Marc Allégret, Marcel Pagnol, Mario Almirante
  • Writers: Marcel Pagnol, Alessandro De Stefani, Raffaello Matarazzo
  • Producers: Marcel Pagnol
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, Restored, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00026L7XG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fanny Trilogy (Marius/Fanny/Cesar)" on IMDb

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These three films - all by the French writer of genius, Marcel Pagnol - have become an adored part of France's cultural heritage, in much the same way that Chaplin, W C Fields, Ealing Comedy and the films of David Lean have in the USA and the UK,

They were made in the 1930's, but they remain as funny, poignant and marvellously entertaining as they were when first released. Set in the port of Marseille, they tell the story of a small group of friends and relatives at the heart of which is a bar-owner, played by the comic giant, Raimu.

I defy anyone not to fall in love with these characters - their foibles, their flaws and their flair. These are NOT 'art house' movies, but they are masterpieces of cinema. PLEASE watch these films, and then you'll want to tell everyone you love about them.
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I am not even going to begin reviewing these three films. To do Pagnol's trilogy with any pretence of adequacy would require several pages. And in any case, my concern is to let potential buyers know about the computerized restoration of the films.

Earlier, Kino mentioned this, and it was a factor in my family's purchase of the new DVD set. Until now, the Fanny trilogy has been available in sadly worn prints reissued by Pagnol in the 1950s. We looked forward to a cleaned-up version, not unlike the wonderful new versions of Children of Paradise, and Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast.

Instead, we found that the work was spotty. Some scenes--notably the series of static interiors of Cesar and his cronies--were greatly improved. On the other hand, many exteriors were just as heavily scored and filled with debris as ever. What's more, new problems seemed to have been added. A piece of cardboard appeared across part a scene in Fanny for roughly 5 seconds. Another mercifully short exterior scene in the same film was horribly out of focus. The endings of some scenes were on freeze frames, rather than natural fades; and some fades take far too long, and do not reflect the original attentions of Pagnol, as evidenced in his own release.

In short, it felt as though the work had been begun, but that the trilogy had been offered to the public long before it could be finished. Significantly, Kino has withdrawn comments about any computerized restoration from their website. What they don't mention, either, is that the computerized mess that those

Under the circumstances, this new DVD issue can receive only a qualified recommendation at best.
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I had thought that Criterion would be the company to restore and reissue this triology: I've been thinking of it ever since DVD's arrived. It has been fifty plus years since I last saw it, but it had never left my memory. And there it was, the KINO edition. Of all the French films I saw in the late 40's and early 50's, these were the only ones with specific scenes that I remember.

Let me delicately suggest to the reviewer Fable that he may wish to have his DVD player chacked - I saw none of the "cardboard" mentioned in his review of Fanny. The restoration was, in my opinion, excellent (the sound might sound a bit old, but one must remember that these films are from the '30's.) I was amazed by the clarity of the print and the techniques now available for bringing these epics to original condition.

Especially heartening to me was my wife's reaction - she had never seen them before, and we both enjoyed the experience immensely. My grandaughter (fluent in French) will be with us for Christmas, and I hope she will find as much pleasure viewing them as we did. My profound thanks go to Kino for providing us with the opportunity to revisit this wonderful story and its so memorable characters.
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By Citizen on January 18, 2005
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This is my first time watching the Marcel Pagnol Trilogy, and let me begin by saying that, as far as technical quality goes, they were all very clear and the sound was very good, better than most films that I've rented from this era. The essence of the films overpowers any minor weaknesses in the quality of the restoration! Marius, Fanny and Cesar will enrich the lives of anyone who sees them.

What is important here are these masterpieces that Marcel Pagnol has given us! Each story captures the spirit and the soul of life on the French seaport city of Marseilles and each story captured my heart with its endearing characters. I found these stories rich in their dialogue, and the acting was superb, especially that of Raimu who plays Cesar and Orane Demazis as Fanny. It was satisfying to see the way each film took up just where the last had ended, allowing the story to completely unfold without leaving the viewer hanging. The humanity of each character is what hooked me. By hooked, I mean that it's been 3 days since I've seen the films, but I found myself still thinking about the characters even at work today! I can't say that about many films.

Enjoy!!
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Pagnol brings out the humanity of the people of Provence while telling the romance of Marius and Fanny. As cinematic art it brings out the power of a story in which the balance of love and cupidity of normal people affirms real life and the importance of goodness and tolerance. The scenery, the streets of 1920's Marseilles, etc. are priceless. The middle one, Fanny, is probably the best, but the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
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