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Andre Fouche, Oran Demazis, Pierre Fresnay
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Directed by: Marcel Pagnol
Written by: Marcel Pagnol

Released: 1936
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France
Colour: BW
Length: 170

An 18 year-old (Andre Fouche) tries to reconcile his mother (Oran Demazis) and father (Pierre Fresnay), with the help of his bar-owning grandfather (Raimu).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Though it can be enjoyed in its own right, this is best enjoyed as the third part of Marcel Pagnol's Marius trilogy - the first two are Marius (1931) and Fanny (1932). It's the only one to be directed by Pagnol himself, and he seems to be still learning his craft as a director. The trilogy is a masterpiece of sentimental storytelling, with likeable characters and a splendid central performance by Raimu; this episode is a shade predictable and theatrical, and Raimu is a little too self-consciously lovable.

The film was not released in Britain until 1951. There was a 1938 American compression of the trilogy, Port of the Seven Seas ; and a Broadway musical based on the whole trilogy, Fanny , was shot as a non-musical comedy (retaining the score as background music) in 1961. The latter is much better than the former.

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