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Also called "The Marseilles Trilogy," writer Marcel Pagnol's moving films followed the lives of several residents of the French seacoast city. In "Marius" (1931), directed by Alexander Korda, Fanny, daughter of a fishmonger, falls for cafe owner Cesar's son Marius, who yearns to be a sailor. Marius sets out to sea in Marc Allegret's ... more
A rigidly honest private school teacher is fired after refusing to inflate the test scores of a pupil from a wealthy family and learns a cynical lesson in the workings of the world when he becomes a front man for a crooked politician. Marcel Pagnol directs this screen adaptation of his own stage comedy; Fernandel, Helene Perdriere, ... more
Insightful and heart-rending French drama from filmmaker Marcel Pagnol revolves around a pregnant woman (Josette Day) who is abandoned by her aviator lover and rejected by her unsparing father. When her man goes missing while serving in the military, she contemplates pleasing her dad by marrying his middle-aged business partner. Raimu, ... more
A widowed well-digger (Daniel Auteuil, in his directorial debut) residing in the pre-World War I French countryside dreams of marrying off his most dutiful daughter (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) to his loyal assistant (Kal Merad). However, when her boyfriend (Nicholas Duvauchelle) heads for the front after leaving her pregnant, ... more
A trilogy of humorous, touching tales from 19th-century writer Alphonse Daudet, adapted for the screen by Marcel Pagnol. A gourmand clergyman is tempted by the Devil on Christmas Eve, a group of monks save their order by making liqueur, and a miller tries to stave off a mechanized competitor. Guy Alland, Henri Arius, Rene Bervil star. ... more
Director/co-scripter Claude Berri's two-part epic brings Marcel Pagnol's novels to vibrant life. First, the hunchbacked "Jean de Florette" (Gerard Depardieu) moves his family to a remote village to claim a farm he inherited, but a greedy landowner (Yves Montand), trying to drive Jean away, blocks the spring that waters his land. With ... more