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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 ...
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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 <>

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Release Date:

28 June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eine Liebe in Marseille  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Joshua Logan had trouble finding a suitable ship for the Mailaisie, on which Marius sails from Marseilles. The only square-rigged sailing ships they could find were too large to get through Marseilles' harbour. After scouting throughout the Mediterranean they found the perfect ship in Palma, but had to agree to let its captain appear on camera before he would let them use it. See more »


During the opening credits, the captain makes several turns of the wheel which would have caused the ferry to turn while crossing the harbor. The shots through the ferry showing the background and the overhead shot reflect no change in the straight line course. 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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