The Fanny Trilogy (Marius/Fanny/Cesar)
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- "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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 Significantly, Kino has withdrawn comments about any computerized restoration from their website.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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If I could give more stars to this trilogy I would. I am not a film critic, so my language is simple. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Saluces
This is special filmmaking. This is magic this is a beautiful story that gets "five stars" from me, hands down.Published on April 26, 2014 by Dick Denne
Fanny and Marius are amazing. The third, Cesar, is a little slow and you wonder if it every was ever truly 'finished'. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by CT
The Marcel Pagnol Trilogy is a real classic of French literature and this old version sticks very closely to the original - it is now very dated and the filming in parts resembles... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by Jean-Pierre Kirkland
for some reason, only Marius and Cesar were availble on instant video initially, the first and third parts of the trilogy about these lovable characters, so i was delighted to see... Read morePublished on January 5, 2014 by Jane H. Otoole
A classic tale of love, famliy bonds, personal sacrifice, and friendship. The story unfolds through the lives of a cast of rustic characters whose lives are shaped by their... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Raul Reyes
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