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Fanny (1932)

After Fanny's boyfriend leaves her and sails away, she finds out she's pregnant.


Marc Allégret


Marcel Pagnol (play), Marcel Pagnol (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Raimu ... César
Pierre Fresnay ... Marius
Orane Demazis ... Fanny
Fernand Charpin ... Honore Panisse (as Charpin)
Auguste Mouriès Auguste Mouriès ... Félix Escartefigue (as Mouriès)
Robert Vattier Robert Vattier ... Albert Brun (as Vattier)
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... Innocent Mangiapan chauffeur du ferry-boat (as Maupi)
Alida Rouffe Alida Rouffe ... Honorine Cabanis
Milly Mathis Milly Mathis ... Tante Claudine Foulon
Odette Roger Odette Roger ... Fortunette
Louis Boulle Louis Boulle ... Elzéar


Marius has left, signed up for a five year hitch on a ship bound for the Indian Ocean. In his few letters to his father César, he hardly mentions Fanny. When she finds she is pregnant, she considers her options: suicide, to raise the child on her own, to wait for Marius, or to marry Honoré Panisse, the older merchant who seeks her hand. These choices are emotional: to raise a bastard, to trust in Marius' eventual return, to believe he'll want to marry her, to save her mother from shame, to fool Panisse, to give her child a name. In scenes dramatizing Fanny's honesty, she talks to her mother, then Panisse, César, and later Marius, and she makes her choices. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Marcel Pagnol's Most Distinguished Masterpiece


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

12 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фанни See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,720, 6 January 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$22,505, 27 January 2017
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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A triumph for all involved
23 September 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

FANNY is the second film of a trilogy, based upon a play by Marcel Pagnol, from which all three works are taken, featuring most of the cast of excellent actors which made the stage original a great artistic and popular success, including Raimu, Charpin, Pierre Fresnay, and Orane Demazis as Fanny, an assemblage which remains faithful to the heart of the original. By repudiating the normal placement of concurrent French films made in Parisian studios, and producing the work in his native Marseilles, in Provence, Pagnol achieves a finely-hewn naturalism which is very congenial to the scenario, dealing as it does with a hard-working bourgeoisie whose lives are in concert with rhythms of a major seaport. Fanny's passionate attention to Marius (Fresnay) results in her pregnancy from their farewell coupling at the denouement of the first of the trilogy, MARIUS, with her lover falling prey to the lure of a seafaring life and she, abandoned, accepts a proposal of marriage from a much older M. Panisse (Charpin), in order to save the reputation of her family. The love of Panisse for the child of Fanny is the moving force in what must be the inevitable fulfillment of the storyline, i.e., the return of Marius to claim his erstwhile fiancée and his true child in a scene which brings the best from Demazis, Fresnay, and Raimu as Cesar, the father of Marius and lifelong friend of Panisse. Pagnol directed only the finale of the trio, and selects for FANNY Marc Allegret, who leads the cast with distinction, displaying particular skill when allowing Pagnol's magnificent dialogue to be developed in what is essentially a filmed work for the stage, with few sets, and who allows liberal emphasis upon the plastic Raimu, who is, after all, the most important presence in this romantic masterpiece.

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