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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When shooting moved to a film studio in Paris, Jack L. Warner got cold feet about his decision to cut the original musical's songs, and ordered Joshua Logan to shoot two of Panisse's numbers in case they decided to use them. Chevalier performed his first number perfectly, but when Logan tried cutting it into the film, he realized it wouldn't work. When he told Maurice Chevalier, the singer was relieved. He had wanted this to be his first non-singing role in English. 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 »

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Cesar: You know Marius, I think it's about time you got married.
Marius: Me? Why?
Cesar: Now now, Marius. Don't take me for an idiot. I know you love Fanny.
Marius: Who told you?
Cesar: [Sarcastic] My little finger.
Marius: Then that little finger is not so bright.
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Remake of Port of Seven Seas (1938) See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Harold Rome
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Wish I could see this gem in letterbox, not pan and scan!
22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the sweetest movies ever made, without being "sickeningly sweet." The characters are funny and interesting. All kinds of love are depicted here--parental love, romantic love, love between friends. The characters are very much products of the time and place they live in--Marseille, France, before World War 2. They are steeped in Catholic tradition, which contributes to their inner struggles at times.

The problems of Fanny and Marius might seem dated, and yet the conflict between pleasing parents and following one's heart remains relevant today for many young people. Father-son relationships are as complex today as they were then. Bullying parents may not be as plentiful, or as extreme, as they were in the time FANNY is set, but they still exist.

This is a beautiful film, the right mix of sentimentality and humor. I have only seen it on VHS in pan and scan. There is one place where Marius and Fanny are partially cropped to fit the TV screen, unfortunate but it does not spoil the film.

PUZZLE: I don't know why gorgeous Horst Buchholz didn't get more acclaim for this film from critics at the time or reviewers like me, on this site. He was a young German playing a young Frenchman. But no French or American actor could have played the part better. He expressed angst and love very realistically.

This is a great film for women and for men with a romantic streak, lovers of French stories and locales, and Caron or Boyer admirers. The wrap-up in the last quarter of the film is not perfect, but the film as a whole is a 10, and the lovely score will stay with you!


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