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The Marseille Trilogy: Marius, Fanny, Cesar
Start Date: 3/13/2017
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Event Description:

The grand romantic drama of the French Cinema
Restored to its original glory in a Janus Films’ 4K digital print

A collection of films written by Marcel Pagnol
Cast: Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin, Raimu

France | 1931-36 | 3 parts : Marius (1), Fanny (2),
César (3) | Not Rated

Marcel Pagnol’s epic love story hunkers down on the waterfront of Marseille, where restless young barkeep Marius is in love with the cockle monger Fanny but cannot quell his wanderlust. Their bittersweet saga, stretching over years and humming with warmth and generosity, plays out among a swirl of comically provincial characters, led by Marius’s splenetic father César who battles propriety and his own emotional tempests to keep his family, and his community, together. Directed by three different filmmakers but governed by Pagnol’s distinctive voice and prescient filmmaking vision, the trilogy is an unprecedented marriage of cinematic and theatrical techniques that is saturated in piquant flavor and brimming with some of early cinema’s greatest performances. Two installments of a contemporary rendition of the famous Marseille Trilogy –
Marius and Fanny-, directed by Daniel Auteuil, were a huge success few years ago at the Tower Theater. Auteil’s third part (César) is still un-filmed. This is the opportunity to enjoy the whole story, in its original conception.  For tickets, please visit each film separately.

“Among other things, the Marseille trilogy is a progenitor of the “just hanging around and shooting the shit” genre, which extends through Fellini’s
I Vitelloni (1953), Fassbinder’s Katzelmacher (1969), Jean Eustache’s The Mother and the Whore (1972), and through the highly disparate filmographies of Jim Jarmusch, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Kevin Smith.” - - Nick Pinkerton, Artforum |full review

 “It’s the genius of Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy to make an object as mundane as a bar chair seem like T.S. Eliot’s “still point of the turning world.” At that moment, we feel as Eliot did, “Except for the point, the still point / There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.” Pagnol’s Marseille Trilogy is his dance of death and life.” –
Michael Sragow, Film Comment |full review

“Despite its simplicity, Pagnol’s
Marseille Trilogy is a richly textured character driven triptych of films detailing a certain time, place, and sentiment. As several remakes can attest, the difficulty in re-capturing Pagnol’s particular mise-en-scene has not been accomplished in any of the adaptations since. Gorgeously restored, the original trilogy has finally been made available in all its craftily detailed glory.” - Nicholas Bell, Ion Cinema | full review

“Gentle, humane, embracing a full range from slapstick to tragedy, Marcel Pagnol’s trilogy about the people of the Marseille waterfront has bewitched audiences for decades.” - Farran Smith Nehme,
LA Weekly | full review

The Marseille Trilogy, with its heavy debt to the theatrical experience, may seem like a relic now, but in emotional terms it hasn't aged a day.” – J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader | full review

“In the early sound era, Hollywood made some amazing movies, but few had the sophistication of '30s playwrights like Eugene O'Neill, Clifford Odets, or Thornton Wilder, let alone the likes of Anton Chekhov or Henrik Ibsen. But the French had Marcel Pagnol, a popular playwright who realized as early as 1931 that cinema could record dramas of complexity and wit.” – Noel Murray,
The Onion A.V. Club | full review

Location Information:
Tower Theater  (View Map)
1508 S.W. 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
Phone: (305) 643-8706
Contact Information:
Name: Orlando Rojas
Phone: (305) 237-2463
Admission Information
11.50, General admission
$ 9, Seniors, Non-MDC Students, MDC Staff
$ 7, MDC students, Tower Theater and Miami Film Society members
Video/Other Details

Marseille Trilogy Trailer - 2017 Restoration from Janus Films on Vimeo.

Free parking available behind the theater
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