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The adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's memoirs, My Mother's Castle, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A French soundtrack has been rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while an English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA.
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The adaptation of Marcel Pagnol's memoirs, My Mother's Castle, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A French soundtrack has been rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, while an English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Rare is the film that dares to entertain without guns, computerized graphics, seamy sex, or maudlin sentimentality. Le Chateau de Ma Mère (aka My Mother's Castle) is such a film. Based on the memoirs of noted filmmaker and writer Marcel Pagnol, it celebrates the joys of family life in an age when the world spun slowly on its axis and little boys hearkened to the chirp of a cricket. The film follows the adventures of the Pagnol family on their weekend outings at a cottage in the hills surrounding Marseilles, France, in the first decade of the 20th century. They awaken to forest sounds and beckoning sunlight, eat at a table under a leafy canopy, and sleep in the quiet security of love. If only we, the viewers, could be with them. Beautiful Nathalie Roussel portrays Marcel's mother with engaging warmth as she turns the family's humble cottage into a castle in which her knights in shining armor -- husband Joseph (Philippe Caubère) and children Marcel (Julien Ciamaca) and Paul (Victorien Delamare) -- prepare to sally forth in search of adventure, or simply to laze in the shade of a tree. A delightful interlude involves Marcel's fascination with a bossy little girl (Julie Timmerman) who fancies herself a princess and Marcel her groveling servant. In response to her commands, he kisses her hand, crawls and barks like a dog, and listens attentively to her piano music. The film's script is outstanding, delivering gentle wit and poignant insights. The cinematography reveals the beauty of the Provençal countryside as well as the charm of a smiling child. Though the film is clearly nostalgic, it never stoops to artifice to achieve its effects.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2002
  • UPC: 027616880642
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Philippe Caubère Joseph
Julien Ciamaca Marcel, Age 11
Nathalie Roussel Augustine
Didier Pain Uncle Jules
Therese Liotard Aunt Rose
Victorien Delamare Paul, Age 5
Joris Molinas Lili des Bellons
Jean Carmet Old Estate Guard
André Chaumeau
Paul Crauchet Edmond Des Parpaillouns
Raoul Curet Monsieur Vincent
Jean-Pierre Darras Voice Only
Benjamin Detriche Paul, Age 3
Victor Garrivier Parish Priest
Ticky Holgado
Louis Lalanne
Maxime Lombard Monsieur Arnaud
Michele Loubet Mademoiselle Guimard
Rene Loyon Monsieur Besson
Pierre Maguelon Francois
Benoit Martin Marcel, Age 5, Marcel-Age 5
Jean Maurel
Michel Modo le facteur
Gerard Moulevrier
Patrick Prejean
Jean Rochefort
Ivan Romeuf
Jean Rougerie Secondhand Dealer
Julie Timmerman Isabelle
Philippe Uchan Bouzigue
Georges Wilson
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, Producer
Agnes Negre Costumes/Costume Designer
Alain Poiré Producer
Jerome Tonnerre Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [2:23]
2. Life After Paradise [2:40]
3. A Horrible Honor [3:14]
4. The Promise of Happiness [5:01]
5. Merry Christmas and Easter [6:07]
6. Isabelle the Beautiful [5:32]
7. Making a Living in Poetry [2:07]
8. Marcel's Musical Education [2:22]
9. Absinthe to the Hero [1:50]
10. My Best Friend's Jealousy [1:57]
11. All the Queen's Wishes [3:47]
12. No Tears for Fallen Heroes [4:39]
13. Nothing but a Failed Boy [2:19]
14. Augustine's Ruse [3:52]
15. An Honest Shortcut [7:15]
16. A Question of Principle [4:01]
17. The Wages of Illegality [7:03]
18. Caught Playing Crazy [2:14]
19. The Fear of the Little Teacher [2:04]
20. Mean Guards and Indians [6:19]
21. Father, Teacher, Criminal [5:40]
22. Citation vs. Citation [7:08]
23. Circle of Life and Death [6:36]
24. End Credits [1:25]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scenes
   Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: Français
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The earlier reviewers promote the details

    This is truly a charming , entertaining feature. A viewer who does not like subtitles can get beyond them in this little feature. It is bright , beautiful and entertaining. Like the family who escaped to their home , this movie is an escape for the viewer. Great characters! Great fun! High Recommendations!

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