Fanny (1961)




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Fanny was adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on the final chapter of Marcel Pagnol's "Marseilles Trilogy". Pagnol's original, titled Cesar, ends with protagonist Marius returning to the sea, leaving behind his lover Fanny and their son. Expanding upon the original, Fanny picks up the narrative nine years later. Marius (Horst Buchholtz) finally meets his son and is reunited with Fanny (Leslie Caron). She tells him that Panisse (Maurice Chevalier), the elderly suitor who married Fanny to save her from disgrace, is dying. On the verge of shuffling off his mortal coil, Panisse gives Fanny and Marius his blessings, hoping that they'll marry at long last. Charles Boyer co-stars as Cesar, the philosophical gent portrayed in the 1930s film versions of the Pagnol trilogy by the great Raimu. Fanny goes its merry way without any of the songs in the original Broadway score, despite the proven musical talents of Caron and Chevalier. Producer/director Joshua Logan saved himself plenty of embarrassment when he agreed not to release this film as Joshua Logan's Fanny .
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Salvatore Baccaloni
as Escartifique
Lionel Jeffries
as Monsieur Brun
Victor Francen
as Louis Panisse
Georgette Anys
as Honorine
Joel Flateau
as Cesario
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Critic Reviews for Fanny

All Critics (5)

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | January 25, 2006
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Full Review… | May 8, 2005
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July 8, 2004
AV Club
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Fanny, the second panel of Marcel Pagnol's trilogy, which was nominated for Best Picture, is not as strong as the other segments, though the young lovers have some charm and Charles Boyer is as always reliable.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011

Image Entertainment's disc is slightly disappointing ..., but the film is such a treasure that any fan of classic romance would be happy to own it.

Full Review… | June 27, 2008

Audience Reviews for Fanny


***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Charming Movie starring the Stunning Leslie Caron as Fanny set in the Seaside Village of Marseilles.

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Beautifully shot drama with a wonderful continental charm provided by Caron, Boyer and Chevalier. A lovely delicate film.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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