Fanny

Fanny

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Director: Joshua Logan, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer

Cast: Joshua Logan, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer

     
 

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Fanny was adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on the final chapter of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy." Pagnol's original, titled Cesar, ends with protagonist Marius returning to the sea, leaving behind his lover Fanny and their son. Expanding upon the original, Fanny picks up the narrative nine years

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Fanny was adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on the final chapter of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy." Pagnol's original, titled Cesar, ends with protagonist Marius returning to the sea, leaving behind his lover Fanny and their son. Expanding upon the original, Fanny picks up the narrative nine years later. Marius (Horst Buchholtz) finally meets his son and is reunited with Fanny (Leslie Caron). She tells him that Panisse (Maurice Chevalier), the elderly suitor who married Fanny to save her from disgrace, is dying. On the verge of shuffling off his mortal coil, Panisse gives Fanny and Marius his blessings, hoping that they'll marry at long last. Charles Boyer co-stars as Cesar, the philosophical gent portrayed in the 1930s film versions of the Pagnol trilogy by the great Raimu. Fanny goes its merry way without any of the songs in the original Broadway score, despite the proven musical talents of Caron and Chevalier. Producer/director Joshua Logan saved himself plenty of embarrassment when he agreed not to release this film as Joshua Logan's Fanny.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While the 1961 film version of Fanny lacks the subtlety and delicacy that mark the original Marcel Pagnol trilogy (and the Harold Rome songs that adorned the stage play that is this version's direct source), it is still a charming and affecting motion picture. Considering that it has a cast that is largely Continental, it's a bit of a surprise that the film has such a marked "Hollywood" feel to it. This is presumably due to director Joshua Logan, who at times overemphasizes the plot points and simplifies the emotional underpinnings of the tale. This may rob the film of a degree of nuance, but the directness also has its benefits, creating several powerful scenes and moving sequences. Charles Boyer received an Academy Award nomination for his carefully calibrated performance as Cesar, and the combination of strength and gentleness he brings to the role is quite effective. Maurice Chevalier, while overplaying slightly in some instances, is also quite good, and the tenderness he conveys in his scenes with Fanny is quite lovely. Leslie Caron is a compelling Fanny, full of sadness and resigned melancholy. If Horst Buchholz is a bit wan as Marius and Lionel Jeffries is annoyingly mannered, but neither performance damages the film. Jack Cardiff's camera captures the beauty of Marseilles, and makes good use of a slightly unreal palette of colors. Sweet and engaging, Fanny is a very pleasant bauble.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2008
UPC:
0014381431025
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Time:
2:14:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leslie Caron Fanny
Maurice Chevalier Panisse
Charles Boyer Cesar
Horst Buchholz Marius
Salvatore Baccaloni Escartifique
Lionel Jeffries Monsieur Brun
Raymond Bussières Admiral
Victor Francen Louis Panisse
Georgette Anys Honorine
Joel Flateau Cesario

Technical Credits
Joshua Logan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Anne-Marie Marchand Costumes/Costume Designer
Rino Mondellini Art Director
Marcel Pagnol Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor
Harold J. Rome Score Composer
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Sukman Score Composer
Robert Turlure Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Fanny
1. Main Titles; Good Morning [4:24]
2. Marius' Ship Comes In [2:38]
3. Beautiful and Well-Proportioned [2:50]
4. The Hat Trick [5:21]
5. Hands Off! [5:05]
6. A Good Match [4:19]
7. Isles Beneath the Wind [12:38]
8. Late Night Reading [5:19]
9. Weighing Anchors [6:39]
10. Married To the Sea [8:02]
11. Letter From Marius [7:32]
12. Fanny's Predicament [5:37]
13. Panisse Proposes [1:51]
14. Brokering a Deal [6:29]
15. Cesario Arrives [5:14]
16. Marius Returns [5:20]
17. Passionate Confession [5:58]
18. Fifteen Pounds of Love [7:05]
19. Family Secrets [5:37]
20. Cesario Is Missing [4:03]
21. No Place Like Home [5:07]
22. Last Confession [3:28]
23. Fanny's Revenge [7:03]
24. The Letter [1:58]

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Fanny 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely, bittersweet film...Although not a musical "the songs are used only as background score", it is a soaring, funny, and at times heartbreaking story. If you like Leslie Caron, gorgeous music, beautifully photographed French scenery, and romance.. you will not want to miss this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have looked all over for this movie! I am a big fan of Leslie Caron and I found a clip from this movie on utube. I tried Barnes & Noble before, and all they had was a VHS copy and I was told they don't deal in VHS. I also tried other websites, and a French bookstore, but no luck. Finally! I am so glad I can now get this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this on t.v when I was thirteen. I did not get to see the whole thing and wished to see it again. I searched everywhere for the movie and couldn't find it. Everytime I go to barnes&noble I ask them if they have it. Always the answer is no. But I won't give up hope. I wish that everyone would watch this movie because it is beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie when I was about 16yrs of age in 1966. I was very moved by the tenderness and presentation of this love story. A very touching and warm story that has a very memorable beautiful theme song.