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Fanny -- A love story set in Marseilles, France


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Release Date:
28 June 1961 (USA) See more »
Fanny is Life. Fanny is Love. See more »
A love triangle between a young woman, a rich 60-something man and an aspiring sailor set in early 20th century Marseilles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Leslie Caron ... Fanny

Maurice Chevalier ... Panisse

Charles Boyer ... Cesar

Horst Buchholz ... Marius
Georgette Anys ... Honorine (Fanny's Mother)
Salvatore Baccaloni ... Escartifique (Ferryboat Captain) (as Baccaloni)

Lionel Jeffries ... Monsieur Brun (The Englishman)
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Ary ... Sailor (uncredited)
Daniel Crohem ... (uncredited)
Dominique Davray ... Woman #1 at fish market (uncredited)
Germaine Delbat ... Louis Panisse's Wife (uncredited)
Clément Harari ... (uncredited)
Maguy Horiot ... (uncredited)
Moustache ... (uncredited)
Jean Ozenne ... Consumer (uncredited)
Jean Panisse ... Passer-by (uncredited)
Pâquerette ... (uncredited)
Hélène Tossy ... Woman #2 at fish market (uncredited)
René Tramoni ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Logan 
Writing credits
S.N. Behrman (play) and
Joshua Logan (play)

Marcel Pagnol (from the Marseilles trilogy by)

Julius J. Epstein (screenplay)

Produced by
Ben Kadish .... associate producer
Joshua Logan .... producer
Original Music by
Harold Rome 
Cinematography by
Jack Cardiff (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Reynolds  (as William H. Reynolds)
Art Direction by
Rino Mondellini 
Set Decoration by
Robert Turlure 
Costume Design by
Anne-Marie Marchand 
Makeup Department
Michel Deruelle .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ludmilla Goulian .... production manager
Paul Laffargue .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Romanoff .... assistant director
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jean Monchablon .... sound
Dick Vorisek .... sound (as Richard Vorisek)
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Zinn .... special photo art
Music Department
Harold Rome .... music and lyrics by: based upon the play "Fanny"
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
Harry Sukman .... music adaptor
Other crew
Joseph Curtis .... dialogue coach
Joshua Logan .... production: produced on the stage by: Based upon the play "Fanny"
David Merrick .... produced on the stage by: Based upon the play "Fanny"

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134 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording)

Did You Know?

The east side of the port at Marseilles had not been touched in decades, making it a perfect location for a period film like this. But the west side had been rebuilt after World War II. Originally, art director Rino Mondellini got permission from the mayor to put false fronts on the new buildings. When he started drilling holes in the sidewalk for the posts that would support the facades, however, the townspeople objected, and the mayor rescinded his permission. Mondellini called the eighteen holes he had already made "The most expensive golf course in the world".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Escartifique:[First lines] Full steam ahead!See more »
Movie Connections:
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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
What about Marius?, 31 March 2004
Author: mdjoshfan from Maryland

I LOVE this movie and can't believe I haven't seen a decent comment about Horst Buchholz!

I grew up on the musical "Fanny". My mother has always claimed that she was pregnant with me or I was conceived the weekend that my parents went to NYC to see it and that's why I love musicals so much. I'm from a large family and whenever we were on long car rides, we always sang songs from "Fanny" (and always, "The Thought of You", "Love is a Very Light Thing", and "Other Hands, Other Hearts" as dramatically as we could.)

One big joke when I was young was that we had to go to a music store and order a new Fanny 'cause my mom's was cracked. When I found the CD for a sister for Christmas in the last few years, she screamed when she opened it, showed it to the room, and the rest of us screamed. When the in-laws, nieces and nephews asked what "Fanny" was, we broke into "The Thought of You".

When the movie came out on TV, the ten of us gathered in a dark room to watch it and were thrilled when we heard the overture. But half of the family left the room when they realized it wasn't a musical. I was one of the ones who stayed and have always loved this movie. Knowing which song is playing in the background just enhances it. But, I think this has the best filmed kiss EVER!! Horst Buchholz makes me ache and I think he demonstrates the same kind of frustration and passion that Jimmy Stewart did in "It's a Wonderful Life" when he was stuck in his town and dreamed for bigger things for himself. I just had two girlfriends here for the weekend and I introduced "Fanny" to them. We ended up watching it three times (and other parts over and over) and just ordered copies for them.

I've also ordered "Marius", "Fanny" and "Cesar" and am still waiting for "Fanny" to arrive, though I decided to watch "Marius" already. I know that there will be gaps that will be filled in but that can happen in an editing room today. Just listen to a director's commentary on a DVD today and you realize what ended up on the cutting room floor which now explains some thing that seemed odd in a film. The only thing I found odd about Fanny saying that Panisse was dying was 1) saying it in front of her son, and 2) not hugging and kissing her child that was missing.

But I always feel bad that Horst went to his grave not knowing how many women admired him in this film in my corner of the world. One time when watching it with a sister and a friend, after the part where Fanny explains to Marius that each night there's a woman who would love to lie down next to him, my friend said, "There are THREE women who would love to lie down next to you." :-) YUM-MY!

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