Marius (1931)




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In this touching romance, the first in Marcel Pagnol's Marseilles trilogy (the other two being Fanny and Cesar, Pierre Fresnay stars as Marius, a young man tending bar who dreams of a life at sea. Because he so desires to become a sailor, he cannot commit to marriage even though he loves Fanny (Orane Demazis). When the rich Honore Panisse (Charpin) proposes to Fanny, Marius becomes enraged, but still refuses to ask for her hand. At the bar, Fanny confesses her love for him and tells Marius she has rejected Honore's proposal. Marius admits his love for her as well and they retire to a back room to make love. When Marius is told a spot has opened up on a departing ship, he declines to sign on, not wanting to leave Fanny, but he still refuses to marry her. Fanny overhears the conversation, and not wanting to hold Marius back from the life at sea he so desires, tells Marius she has changed her mind and accepted Honore's proposal. Heartbroken, Marius rushes to pack and catch the departing ship. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Art House & International , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Edouard Delmont
as The Second Mate
Alida Rouffe
as Honorine Cabanis
Lucien Callamand
as Le Goelec
as Cesar Olivier
Fernand Charpin
as Honore Panisse
Robert Vattier
as Monsieur Brun
Paul Dullac
as Felix Escartefigue
Marcel Maupi
as The Stoker
Milly Mathis
as Aunt Claudine Foulon
Alexandre Mihalesco
as Piquoiseau
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Critic Reviews for Marius

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 5, 2009
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Full Review… | August 7, 2006
New York Times
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In place of purpose, these films display such old-fashioned virtues as truth to life and boundless humanity.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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July 8, 2004
AV Club
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A marvelous, lusty film.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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A tragicomedy not of camera angles but of bodies and voices

Full Review… | April 19, 2010

Audience Reviews for Marius

This was one of the early sound films. "Marius" us the 1st of the trilogy. I have seen the later English language version, which was in color and combined all into one fim- it's titled just "Fanny", stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer. It is entertaining but "Hollywood-ized", less realistic and lighter in tone and I think lacks the poignance and charm of this earlier version, which is seriously dramatic at times and more lighthearted at other times.

George Phillips
George Phillips

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