César (1936)



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The final entry in French filmmaker/playwright Pagnol's Marseilles trilogy (preceded by Marius and Fanny) that chronicles life in Provence, this drama centers on an 18-year-old's search for his biological father Marius who returns to rekindle his romance with Fanny.

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Pierre Fresnay
as Marius Ollivier
as César Ollivier
Fernand Charpin
as Honore Panisse
Alida Rouffe
as Honorine Cabinis
Milly Mathis
as Aunt Claudine Foulon
Paul Dullac
as Felix Escartefigue
Marcel Maupi
as Chauffeur
Edouard Delmont
as Dr. Felicien Venelle
as Fernand
as The Priest Elzear
Robert Bassac
as Pierre Dromard
Jean Castan
as Choir Leader
as Panisse's Employee
Odette Roger
as Hotel Servant
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Critic Reviews for César

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Pagnol gives the illusion of naturalism through the vivid energy and affection of his characters.

Jan 3, 2017 | Full Review…

The camerawork was primarily unobtrusive and the mise-en-scène as non-extravagant as possible. The audience was an eavesdropper, and might as well have been sitting at the kitchen table alongside the actors.

Dec 28, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Long available only on insufficient DVD transfers and in tattered prints, The Marseille Trilogy finally arrives on Blu-ray boasting a radiant image and a boatload of extras worthy of Marcel Pagnol's inimitable wit and style.

Jun 20, 2017 | Full Review…

The acting honors go to Raimu, who steals every scene he's in.

Jun 23, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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