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Fanny (1961)

 |  Drama, Romance  |  28 June 1961 (USA)
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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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Cast overview:
Georgette Anys ...
Salvatore Baccaloni ...
Raymond Bussières ...
The Admiral (as Raymond Bussieres)
Joël Flateau ...
Cesario (Fanny's Son) (as Joel Flateau)
Victor Francen ...
Panisse's Elder Brother
Paul Bonifas ...
The Postman


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 <>

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Release Date:

28 June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Liebe in Marseille  »

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marius is 19 and Fanny is 18 at the beginning of the play. In reality, Horst Buchholz was 28 and Leslie Caron was 30 when they played their respective roles. See more »


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 »


Cesar: [Talking to his son Marius] You know, sometimes I say that you make my life miserable. It's not true.
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(Main Theme)
Music & Lyrics by Harold Rome
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Enjoyable to be a part of; the music still haunts me.
5 November 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

From beginning to end, the shear desperation, miscommunication, and finally sacrifice and joy; this movie was a lesson in the results of selfishness and then the results from self-sacrifice and generosity. The music that threaded through the entire movie has stayed with me until now. I bought this movie at an exhorbitant price, about 15 years ago--and felt that it was worth every penny. It is two hours of enjoyable escape with the family in Marseilles. Every single member of the cast was outstanding in this movie.

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