A love triangle between a young woman, a rich 60-something man and an aspiring sailor set in early 20th century Marseilles.

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Almost 19-year-old Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille, his life planned for him by his cafe'-owning father, and he longs for the sea. The night before he is to leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, and he discovers that he is in love with her. He must choose between an exciting life at sea, and a boring life with the woman he loves. And Fanny must choose between keeping the man she loves, and letting him live the life he seems to want. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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We could fill every inch of this theatre telling you all about the wonderful time you're going to have with Fanny. We could tell you about Fanny and Marius...Fanny and Panisse...Fanny and Cesar...Fanny and her baby. We could tell you but maybe we'll let you because after you see Fanny you're going to tell everybody! See more »

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28 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Eine Liebe in Marseille  »

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Trivia

Since Joshua Logan couldn't shoot the waterfront scenes from just one side, Rino Mondellini found a nearby town, Cassis, with a port that was unchanged since the '30s. This required Logan to shoot from one angle in Marseilles, then re-take the scene from the reverse angle in Cassis. For scenes set in front of the bar, they had to do a third take on a studio set in Paris. See more »

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Near the end of the film, when Panisse looks from his bed, the angle is such that he could not possibly see the boy, Cesario, jumping on the trampoline. See more »

Quotes

Honorine: [Panisse wants to marry Fanny] She is forty years younger than you!
Panisse: That is not my fault. I admit I am no spring chicken, but I also admit that I have six hundred thousand francs.
Honorine: My poor Panisse...
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Fanny
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Well acted, beautiful love story.
31 March 2000 | by (Hawthorne California) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in 1961 and was so moved by it, that it is now one of my all time favorites. Leslie Caron stole my heart then and now. Charles Boyer was fantastic. The dialogue was especially intelligent. The music was superb.


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