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The Marseille Trilogy

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Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin
Director: Alexander Korda, Marc Allégret, Marcel Pagnol
Plot Synopsis:

In the 1930s, Marcel Pagnol, a leading light of the Paris theater, set out for new horizons as a filmmaker in his native Provence. His early masterpieces Marius, Fanny, and César mix theatrical stagecraft with realistic location photography to create an epic love story from the fabric of everyday life. Gruff, sentimental César (music-hall star Raimu) owns a waterfront bar in the old port of Marseille, where his son, Marius (Pierre Fresnay), wipes down tables and dreams of a life at sea. The prosperous, middle-aged sailmaker Panisse (Fernand Charpin), wanting to wed Marius's sweetheart, Fanny (Orane Demazis), sets up a generation-spanning romantic triangle, the story of which unfolds in a series of fateful twists in the films of The Marseille Trilogy, which first earned Pagnol his place in cinema history. "If Pagnol is not the greatest auteur of the sound film," critic André Bazin wrote, "he is in any case something akin to its genius."

  • Release Details
    Release Date: June 20th, 2017
    Movie Release Year: 1931
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:395 Minutes
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.19:1, 1.371
    Audio Formats:French LPCM Mono
    Special Features:New introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier
    New interview with Nicolas Pagnol, writer-director Marcel Pagnol’s grandson
    Segments of Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux de choisis, a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol’s life and work
    Short documentary on the Marseille harbor by Pagnol
    Archival interviews with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay, and Robert Vattier
    Pagnol’s Poetic Realism, a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles
    French television clip about the restoration of the trilogy
    Theatrical rerelease trailer
    PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and excerpts from Pagnol’s memoirs
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