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Fanny Trilogy
     

Fanny Trilogy

Director: Alexander Korda, Marc Allégret

Cast: Marcel Pagnol, Raimu

 
No self-made education of the whats and wherefores of cinema history is worth its own reddened corneas without an acquaintance with this famous but long-unavailable troika from Provençal playwright/filmmaker/solipsist Marcel Pagnol. Passionate only about his fictional characters and their propensity for mad, energetic, visceral conversation, Pagnol had no use for

Overview

No self-made education of the whats and wherefores of cinema history is worth its own reddened corneas without an acquaintance with this famous but long-unavailable troika from Provençal playwright/filmmaker/solipsist Marcel Pagnol. Passionate only about his fictional characters and their propensity for mad, energetic, visceral conversation, Pagnol had no use for movies until sound arrived, and then saw it only as useful for documenting, sans "style," his stagecraft. As André Bazin maintained, one look at the films belies Pagnol's ambition; their visual simplicity survives as unpretentious eloquence, their absolute focus on people is clearly humanist, if raw and largely unmediated by the filmmaker's presence. They are to Renoir's films from the 1930s what Gaugin was to Monet. In toto, Marius (1931), Fanny (1932), and César (1936) comprise one long love story set on the Marseilles waterfront, between disgruntled bar-owner's son Marius (Pierre Fresnay) and fishmonger's daughter Fanny (Orane Demazis). But in fact, the movies are larger than that, manifesting an entire community of screwballs, lovable louts, nouveaux riches jackasses, splenetic matriarchs, hangers-on, and gossipers, at such patient length and with such forgiving ardor that after spending over six hours with them, you feel as if you've ended an entire summer vacation you were thinking should last forever. The Kino box set is a treasure: besides capturing the three films (the first directed by a young Alexander Korda, the second by Marc Allégret, and the third by Pagnol himself, although all three were firmly controlled by Pagnol's specifications) in a better, clearer form than anyone's seen since their initial releases, a fourth disc comes loaded with historical context, including a brand-new feature-length documentary about la trilogie, original trailers, audio commentary for all three films by Pagnol himself (taken from radio interviews), promotional effluvia, and an essay by director/French cinephile Bertrand Tavernier.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
UPC:
0738329034924
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
6:15:00

Special Features

"About the Trilogy" (2003): A 74-minute documentary about Marcel Pagnol's Fanny Trilogy; Theatrical trailers for Marius, Fanny, and César; Audio commentary by Marcel Pagnol for Marius (60 min.), Fanny (18 min.), and César (10 min.); Posters gallery; Stills gallery; Gallery of original promotional material ; A Marcel Pagnol biography; Filmographies; In French with optional English subtitles; Introductory essay by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Marius
   Play Movie
   Select Scenes
   Subtitle Options
      Subtitle Options: On
      Subtitle Options: Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Marcel Pagnol
         With English Subtitles
         Without English Subtitles
      The Trilogy: Three Trailers
         Marius - 1931
         Fanny - 1932
         César - 1936
      Marcel Pagnol Biography
      Filmographies
         Jules Raimu
         Pierre Fresnay
         Orane Demazis
         Fernand Charpin
         Alexander Korda
Side #2 -- Fanny
   Play Movie
   Select Scenes
   Subtitle Options
      Subtitle Options: On
      Subtitle Options: Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Marcel Pagnol
         With English Subtitles
         Without English Subtitles
      The Trilogy: Three Trailers
         Marius - 1931
         Fanny - 1932
         Cesar - 1936
      Marcel Pagnol Biography
      Filmographies
         Jules Raimu
         Pierre Fresnay
         Orane Demazis
         Fernand Charpin
         Marc Allégret
Side #3 -- Cesar
   Play Movie
   Select Scenes
   Subtitle Options
      Subtitle Options: On
      Subtitle Options: Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Marcel Pagnol
         With English Subtitles
         Without English Subtitles
      The Trilogy: Three Trailers
         Marius - 1931
         Fanny - 1932
         Cesar - 1936
      Marcel Pagnol Biography
      Filmographies
         Jules Raimu
         Pierre Fresnay
         Orane Demazis
         Fernand Charpin
         André Fouché
Side #4 -- Special Features
   About the Trilogy: A Documentary Film About Marius, Fanny, & Cesar
      With English Subtitles
      Without English Subtitles
      Scene Access
         Marius, a Return to Provence?
         The Advent of Talkies
         An Encounter With Paramount
         Dialogue and a Writer's Touch
         Protagonists and Characters
         Cesar: The Blossoming of a Filmmaker
         Particularity of the Trilogy
      Play All
   Posters & Publicity
      Posters
      Press Booklet
      Publicity
   Stills Galleries
      Marius - 1931
      Fanny - 1932
      Cesar - 1936
      The Film Shoot

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