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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Fanny is Life. Fanny is Love. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Eine Liebe in Marseille  »

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Trivia

The New York production of "Fanny" opened at the Majestic Theater in New York on November 4, 1954 and ran for 888 performances. See more »

Goofs

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

Fanny: Do you know where I've just come from?
Marius: [Uneasy] No.
Fanny: Panisse's. I told him I could no marry him.
Marius: Are you sure you did the right thing?
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Version of Der goldene Anker (2001) See more »

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Fanny
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Music & Lyrics by Harold Rome
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Fanny
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie when I was but 11 yrs. old. I am now 56 yrs. old but I have never forgotten its simple beauty, and the powerful emotion portrayed by actors who were expert at their craft. It is a classic, definitely worth seeing.

The story transports you to a world less glamorous, but full of charm and it reflects the passion of young love, the desperation of a girl "in trouble," and it explores the depth of a woman's love for a man, even when he cannot return that love, and for her child. It teaches that a sperm donor does not a father make, but shows how mutual respect can foster great admiration and loyalty, leading to their own special kind of love.

This movie has everything that one can consider good entertainment: the characters are colorful if not intense, the background music is pleasing, the language is acceptable for all ages, there is humor and there are tears. It is one of my all-time favorite movies, in company with the likes of Love is a Many Splendored Thing.


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