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Fanny (1932)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 February 1948 (USA)
After Fanny's boyfriend leaves her and sails away, she finds out she's pregnant.


Marc Allégret


Marcel Pagnol (play), Marcel Pagnol (screenplay)




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 ... 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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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #883. See more »


Followed by César (1936) See more »

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A Quiet Masterpiece From A Time Long Gone
14 April 2013 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

If you can get by the first fifteen minutes, get into the leisurely pacing and that fact that nothing is going to explode and no one shoots anybody or stabs anyone in the eye, and the film is about learning to live with other human beings, about being a parent, about falling and staying in love, perhaps you'll come to love this film, too.

The trilogy is set in another time long gone--Marseilles, a provincial fishing village, where Cesar and his son operate a sort of bar where locals drift in and out and play cards; a pretty young woman sells seafood outside, and she's known son Marius since they were children. Enough said: except that the acting is amazingly naturalistic for a 1930's film, that the performance by famed French entertainer Raimu is beyond words, is simply astounding in his range of emotions, his understanding of the human condition. This understated drama is a quiet masterpiece.

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Release Date:

12 February 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Фанни See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$7,720, 8 January 2017

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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