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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Tender...radiant...soaring...laughing...unforgettable motion picture from Warner Brothers. See more »

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Eine Liebe in Marseille  »

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Claude Dauphin was considered for the role of Monsieur Brun. See more »

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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 »

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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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Version of Der schwarze Walfisch (1934) See more »

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Music & Lyrics by Harold Rome
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A beautiful love triangle: boy, girl, and the sea.
30 August 2004 | by (Woodland Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

One of the most beautiful love stories ever made. I defy anyone to watch the scene on the wharf when Fanny and Marius confess their love for one another and not cry or watch the heart wrenching reunion scene that takes place a year later and not be moved to tears. Nope. This is a truly a great romantic film, full of charm, humor, joy and sadness. The writing is excellent. The photography is breathtaking, the score is lush and moving. The movie was made from a Broadway musical, which was adapted from a trilogy of French films by Pagnol. When it was transferred to Hollywood, the music was used as background score, adding to incredible romantic feel of the film. Joshua Logan really outdid himself in his direction of the film. It is one of my all-time favorite films.


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