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(aka 'La trilogie marseillaise: Marius')


directed by Daniel Auteuil

France 2013


Marius 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 with Fanny. Marius lives in bustling 1920s Marseille where his childhood friendship with fishmonger's daughter Fanny blossoms into love. Despite this he is restless and yearns to run away to sea. 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.


Theatrical Release: July 10th, 2013


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Runtime 1:30:00 (4% PAL speedup)

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.9 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.


Audio Dolby 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





Bare-bones, single-layered Pâthé disc that looks gorgeous 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 excellent 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 high for the 1.5 hour film and I have no complaints at all with the SD transfer. It sports bright colors and strong detail.

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.

Marius is wonderful. We are privileged to a refreshing take from Auteuil. There are still recognizable features as compared to Alexander Korda's 1931 film version. I liked the simplicity, the characters are sweet and performances relatively subtle and enjoyable. I guess it is not coming to Blu-rays (in an English-friendly package). This DVD along with Fanny are both certainly recommended! 

  - Gary Tooze


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