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Marcel Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy

  • December 21, 2017 – December 23, 2017

French playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol (1895–1974) created one of the most celebrated trilogies in cinema with his epic love story set in a waterfront community in Marseille. Based on his stage plays, each film was produced separately and can be appreciated individually for its own self-contained story. Shot in a realistic style later adopted by Jean Renoir and the French New Wave, seen together (although each chapter can be seen alone) they tell a single tale rich with Gallic warmth, humanism, humor, and unforgettable characters.

Thu, Dec 21

Marius

Directed by Alexander Korda

Marius (Pierre Fresney) and Fanny (Orane Demazis), two young shopkeepers on Marseille’s harborfront, always seemed destined to marry, but Marius

Fri, Dec 22

Fanny

Directed by Marc Allégret

Picking up moments after the end of Marius, Fanny grieves after Marius’s departure—and realizes that she’s pregnant. Panisse continues courting

Sat, Dec 23

César

Directed by Marcel Pagnol

The culminating episode, which can be fully appreciated without seeing the first two parts, continues the story 20 years later.