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Toni (1935)

 -  Drama  -  4 November 1936 (USA)
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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in the agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Charles Blavette ...
Antonio Canova dit 'Toni'
Celia Montalván ...
Josefa (as Celia Montalvan)
Édouard Delmont ...
Fernand (as Delmont)
Max Dalban ...
Albert (as Dalban)
Jenny Hélia ...
Marie (as Jenny Helia)
Michel Kovachevitch ...
Sebastian (as M. Kovachevicht)
Andrex ...
Gabi
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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in the agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has moved in with Marie, a Frenchwoman. Even a well-ordered existence is not immune from boredom, friendship, love, or enmity, and Toni gets entangled in a web of increasingly passionate relationships. For there is his best pal Fernand, but also Albert, his overbearing foreman; there is Sebastian, a steady Spanish peasant, but also Gabi, his young rogue relative; there is Marie, but there is also Josefa. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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A sad fate for a minor masterpiece
18 September 2005 | by (Frostbite Falls, MN) – See all my reviews

After a long search, I found "Toni" on DVD from Shanghai, China. The price was reasonable and so I bought. Unfortunately, the subtitling was also done in Shanghai. This leads to such subtitles as "An unfortunate elephant violates Se perfume w." About three-quarters of the way through, the picture begins to come apart electronically, and becomes practically incomprehensible. Given all the problems with this disc, I am still glad I had the chance to once more see Renoir's simple, beautiful masterpiece. The subtle distinctions in lighting (especially outdoors), the small but telling camera moves, the reserved yet powerful performances all show the hand of a master at work. Visconti may have been inspired from working on this film, but his films were always pedal-to-the-metal, all-out mellers. Renoir takes a story that's as old as the hills and gives it all of his love, respect and considerable talent.


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