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(aka 'La trilogie marseillaise: Fanny')

 

directed by Daniel Auteuil

France 2013

 

Fanny is directed and adapted by renowned French actor Daniel Auteuil from Marcel Pagnol's classic Marseilles trilogy. Daniel Auteuil made his international career in the mid-1980s with roles in the highly-successful adaptations of Marcel Pagnol's Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources. Now he has undertaken a remake of Pagnol's Marseilles Trilogy, which begins with Marius and continues in Fanny. Picking up the story where Marius left off, Fanny finds herself pregnant and abandoned by Marius who is sailing the seven seas. She is persuaded to accept the romantic advances of an older, kind-hearted and rich widower. Only a figure of Auteuil's stature could have managed the task of bringing this French national treasure back to the big screen; he contributes colour, lush production values and a degree of faithfulness to the much hallowed 1930s film adaptations, as well as his own performance in the role of César, Marius' dockside bar-owning father.

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Theatrical Release: July 10th, 2013

 

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DVD Review: Pâthé - Region Free - PAL

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Pâthé

Region Free - PAL

Runtime 1:37:45 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.92 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio French 2.0 / French 5.1
Subtitles English (burned-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Pâthé

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:51)

DVD Release Date: March 9th, 2015
Standard Keep Case

Chapters 10

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: Comments are, essentially, duplicated from the simultaneously released, 'part 1', Marius DVD review - with only a few changes.

Bare-bones, single-layered Pâthé disc that looks excellent in SD. After rising to international acclaim in Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, Daniel Auteuil returns again to the world of Marcel Pagnol after his first work as director in 2011 of Pagnol's early screenplay The Well Digger's Daughter, and now tackles a remake of Pagnol's Marseilles Trilogy starting with Marius, followed by Fanny and eventually César (announced but no date.)

The anamorphic image is flawless looking tight with strong contrast. It is in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio (original 1.85) with a slight black border around the entire circumference of the frame. The bitrate is acceptable for the 1.5 hour film and I have no complaints at all with the SD transfer. It sports realistic colors and a high level of detail for the format.

Audio comes in the Dolby options of a 5.1 surround or 2.0 channel stereo - both in original French. The film is mostly dialogue-driven with few, if any, demonstrative effects. The score is by Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Ghost Writer, The King's Speech). Unfortunately, the English subtitles are burned-in and the only extra is a trailer.

Fanny is wonderful. The continuation from Marius maintains the same charisma and warmth. I have not seen Marc Allégret's 1932 film version to compare (however, I have seen Joshua Logan's, adapted from the Broadway musical, adaption), but like Marius I could appreciate the subtleties. I could now bond closer with the characters already introduced in part 1.

I suppose it is not coming to 1080P (in an English-friendly package). This DVD, along with Marius are, both, certainly recommended!

  - Gary Tooze

 


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