Directed by Marcel Pagnol

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) wants to wed Marius’s sweetheart, Fanny (Orane Demazis), setting up a fateful romantic triangle whose story unfolds across a generation 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.

-> 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, grandson of writer-director Marcel Pagnol
-> New English subtitle translations
-> Blu-Ray and DVD released by Criterion on June 20, 2017.

THE MARSEILLE TRILOGY (La trilogie marseillaise)
Collector's Set Includes:

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.
Year: 1931
Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis
Runtime: 127min

The delicate romanticism of The Marseille Trilogy’s opening encounters harsh reality in this installment, which picks up moments after Marius has left his would-be wife, Fanny, for a sailor’s existence.
Year: 1932
Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis
Runtime: 127min

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.
Year: 1936
Cast: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis
Runtime: 141min

Tuesday, June 6, 2017