The Marseille Trilogy Blu-ray
Criterion | 1931-1936 | 3 Movies | 395 min | Not rated | Jun 20, 2017
Three-disc set (3 BD-50)
The Marseille Trilogy (1931-1936)(The Criterion Collection) Blu-ray
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."
Directors: Marcel Pagnol, Marc Allégret, Alexander Korda
Writer: Marcel Pagnol
Starring: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin, Robert Vattier, Alida Rouffe
The Marseille Trilogy
Marius (Alexander Korda 1931)
Adapting his hit play Marius for the screen two years after its stage premiere, Marcel Pagnol turned his inimitable creative energies to the new medium of sound cinema, in a felicitous collaboration with the Hungarian-born director Alexander Korda.
Fanny (Marc Allégret 1932)
The delicate romanticism of The Marseille Trilogy's opening installment encounters harsh reality in this sequel, which picks up moments after Marius has left his would-be wife, Fanny, for a sailor's existence.
César (Marcel Pagnol 1936)
In the final chapter of The Marseille Trilogy, Marcel Pagnol returns his compassionate gaze to his weathered characters as they discover the possibility of reconciliation and the durability of love.
- NEW 4K DIGITAL RESTORATIONS of all three films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-rays
- 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
- New English subtitle translations
- AND More!
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and excerpts from Pagnol's memoirs
STREET DATE: JUNE 20.