From February 11 through March 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents “Marcel Pagnol: City and Country,” featuring the two most famous works associated with the French author/filmmaker.

The first is the “Marseille Trilogy” — MARIUS (1931), FANNY (1932), and CÉSAR (1936) — screening in a new 4K digital restoration from Janus Films and the Cinémathèque Française. The second is the diptych JEAN DE FLORETTE (1986) and MANON OF THE SPRING (1986), directed by Claude Berri from Pagnol’s novels.


Like Jean Cocteau and Sacha Guitry, Pagnol (1895-1974) forged a substantial reputation in both literature and film. After achieving fame as a playwright in the 1920s, he embraced the new medium of talking pictures, controversially declaring the theater to be outmoded and overseeing a successful screen adaptation of his 1929 stage hit "Marius."

In 1934 Pagnol founded a film company in Marseille — La Société des Films Marcel Pagnol — with his own studio, laboratories, distribution company, and stock company of largely local actors, headed by the celebrated Raimu, whom Jean Renoir called “perhaps the greatest French actor of the century.”

Pagnol proceeded to direct eighteen films with predominantly rural Provençal settings — including ANGÈLE (1934), HARVEST (1937), and THE BAKER’S WIFE (1938) — that have been hailed as forerunners of neorealism and independent regional cinema. The great French film critic André Bazin praised Pagnol as an unsung visionary in the development of a realistic cinema that rejected montage in favor of working within the image.

Gene Siskel Film Center 164 N. State Street Chicago, IL 60601

Marcel Pagnol: City and Country

When
Feb 11 - March 1, 2017
Where
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601

From February 11 through March 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents “Marcel Pagnol: City and Country,” featuring the two most famous works associated with the French author/filmmaker.

The first is the “Marseille Trilogy” — MARIUS (1931), FANNY (1932), and CÉSAR (1936) — screening in a new 4K digital restoration from Janus Films and the Cinémathèque Française. The second is the diptych JEAN DE FLORETTE (1986) and MANON OF THE SPRING (1986), directed by Claude Berri from Pagnol’s novels.


Like Jean Cocteau and Sacha Guitry, Pagnol (1895-1974) forged a substantial reputation in both literature and film. After achieving fame as a playwright in the 1920s, he embraced the new medium of talking pictures, controversially declaring the theater to be outmoded and overseeing a successful screen adaptation of his 1929 stage hit "Marius."

In 1934 Pagnol founded a film company in Marseille — La Société des Films Marcel Pagnol — with his own studio, laboratories, distribution company, and stock company of largely local actors, headed by the celebrated Raimu, whom Jean Renoir called “perhaps the greatest French actor of the century.”

Pagnol proceeded to direct eighteen films with predominantly rural Provençal settings — including ANGÈLE (1934), HARVEST (1937), and THE BAKER’S WIFE (1938) — that have been hailed as forerunners of neorealism and independent regional cinema. The great French film critic André Bazin praised Pagnol as an unsung visionary in the development of a realistic cinema that rejected montage in favor of working within the image.