You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fanny

Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid's fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members.

Cast:
Raimu Pierre Fresnay Orane Demazis Charpin Alida Rouffe Robert Vattier

Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members.

The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight after she’s deserted by her lover Marius (Pierre Fresnay) who leaves to become a sailor. Under pressure from her outraged mother (Alida Rouffe), Fanny is forced into marrying Panisse (Charpin), who’s old enough to be her father.

As Marius’ father, Cesar, Raimu delivers one of the best performances of his career. As a barkeep who’s brokenhearted over his son’s departure, Raimu displays his rich comic vein with a delicacy that never shatters the poignant qualities underlying his role. Charpin also plays superbly.

As Fanny, Demazis is slightly short on looks but more than compensates by her sensitivity and fragility. Fresnay, as the impulsive swain, is disappointing in a small part which he plays too theatrically.

Chief defects lie in the lensing, which is uneven, and the editing, which causes several choppy transitions.

Fanny

France

Production: Pagnol. Director Marc Allegret; Producer Marcel Pagnol; Screenplay Marcel Pagnol; Camera Nicolas Toporkoff

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 125 MIN.

With: Raimu Pierre Fresnay Orane Demazis Charpin Alida Rouffe Robert Vattier

More Film

  • African Toons Take Off as Regional,

    African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

    Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members. The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight […]

  • Renee Zellweger

    Renee Zellweger to Play Judy Garland in London-set ‘Judy’

    Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members. The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight […]

  • IDFA’s Barbara Visser Welcomes ‘A Generation

    IDFA’s Interim Artistic Director Barbara Visser Welcomes ‘A Generation With Balls’ for Doc Festival’s 30th Edition

    Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members. The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight […]

  • Busan: WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean

    WellGo USA Buys Two-Part Korean Fantasy ‘Gods’

    Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members. The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight […]

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    China Box Office: 'Kingsman' Dominates With $39 Million Opening

    Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members. The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight […]

  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle

    'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' Tops International Box Office With China Debut

    Once again, producer-writer Marcel Pagnol plays variations on his favorite theme of the young maid’s fall from virtue into pregnancy. The story of Fanny [middle seg of the trilogy comprising Marius and Cesar], however, is secondary to the gallery of superlative portraits drawn by the cast members. The story revolves around Fanny’s (Orane Demazis) plight […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content