My Father's Glory

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A film based on the writings of Marcel Pagnol, My Father's Glory comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The original French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while an English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA that is especially worthwhile to ...
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A film based on the writings of Marcel Pagnol, My Father's Glory comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The original French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while an English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine release from MGM/UA that is especially worthwhile to French film enthusiasts.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; French: Stereo surround; English: Mono; English, French, Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Based on the memoirs of author and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974), this 1990 motion picture reinforces a universal truth: Life's simple pleasures are the best, especially when shared with family and friends. It also proves that a modest, low-tech movie can succeed financially (the film racked up millions at the box office) as long as it focuses on the most interesting subject of all: people. Although the film recounts episodes from Pagnol's childhood, it is really about everyone's childhood -- carefree days when the world is new and each sunrise brings another adventure. After an introduction that acquaints the audience with the Pagnols and their early life in Aubagne, St. Loup, and Marseilles, the story moves to the Provençal countryside, where the family has taken a cottage for the summer vacation. Julien Ciamaca portrays 11-year-old Marcel with charm and vitality as he meanders through forest pathways or spends a quiet moment with his schoolteacher father, Joseph (Philippe Caubère), or housewife mother Augustine (Nathalie Roussel). After Marcel makes friends with a Provençal country boy named Lili des Bellons (Joris Molinas), they roam forests and fields to discover butterflies, birds, cicadas, secret caves, and the gentle warmth of a breeze. Skillful cinematography captures them in silhouette gazing toward the horizon and follows them clambering up rock faces and careering down hillsides. At dinnertime outside, the family sits at a table full of orchard-fresh fruit and other local fare as the sun dims and conversation brightens. A cross word never passes the lips of any Pagnol or their two guests, Marcel's Uncle Jules (Didier Pain) and Aunt Rose (Thérèse Liotard). Unrealistic? Sentimental? Perhaps. But nostalgia is always that way. Blind to the bad, it sees only the good. Pagnol himself had good reason to remember his childhood fondly, for his mother -- portrayed as loving and indulgent -- died when he was only 15. The shock must have made him long for those earlier days when all was right with the world. His father lived on for a long time, however, and it is he who gives Marcel -- and the audience -- one of the vacation's most memorable moments as the film moves toward its conclusion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • UPC: 027616880635
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Caubère Joseph
Nathalie Roussel Augustine
Didier Pain Uncle Jules
Therese Liotard Aunt Rose
Julien Ciamaca Marcel, Age 11
Victorien Delamare Paul, Age 5
Joris Molinas Lili des Bellons
Jean-Pierre Darras Voice Only
Benjamin Detriche Paul, Age 3
Victor Garrivier Parish Priest
Gerard Moulevrier
Benoit Martin Marcel, Age 5
Paul Crauchet Edmond Des Parpaillouns
Pierre Maguelon Francois
Michel Modo Postman
Jean Rougerie Bergougnas, Secondhand Dealer
Raoul Curet Monsieur Vincent
Louis Lalanne
Maxime Lombard Monsieur Arnaud
Michele Loubet Mlle. Guimard, l'Institutrice
Rene Loyon Monsieur Besson
Technical Credits
Yves Robert Director, Screenwriter
Robert Alazraki Cinematographer
Lucette Andréi Screenwriter
Guy Azzi Art Director
Vladimir Cosma Score Composer
Jacques Dugied Production Designer
Pierre Gillette Editor
Marc Goldstaub Art Director
Agnes Negre Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Poiré Producer
Jerome Tonnerre Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [:09]
2. My Parents Forever [2:52]
3. Growing up in School [2:14]
4. Marseilles! [3:15]
5. A Century of Miracles [3:59]
6. In the Park With Aunt Pose [3:32]
7. New Uncle Jules [4:47]
8. Religious Rivalries [2:50]
9. Student of Life and Birth [4:25]
10. New Old Furniture... [5:20]
11. ...For the Summer Home [4:30]
12. The Time of Their Lives [6:45]
13. Mr. Butterfly & The Cicadas [4:10]
14. Boules for City Folk [3:45]
15. A Hunter's Embarrassment [3:56]
16. New Heroes, Old Liars [8:09]
17. Hunting From a Distance [6:41]
18. Lost at the End of the World [4:43]
19. His Father's Goly & Vanity [4:55]
20. Lili Knows Everything [5:59]
21. The End of Summer [7:47]
22. The Formidable Hermit [4:17]
23. Going Home [6:11]
24. End Credits [2:53]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         Français
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Français
         Epsañol
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Life is beautiful!

    The joys of this movie, which I have seen many times, live with me daily. The characters are so memorable that they will inhabit the viewers hearts for a long time. A story of a past time in rural Provence where life was less jaded and more innocent, the movie slows us down and forces us to see and listen to the characters ( Provence itself has a starring role).... Marcel's mother who loves her son so much she doesn't want him to read too early and spoil his childhood, Uncle Jules, whose generosity of spirit and love of life compensate for his sometimes overbearing nature, the father's vulnerability inside his authority, the hills and people of rural Provence... All show the love of a family for each other and for nature, reminding us of the possibility of living an integrated and joyful life.

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