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Fanny (Warner 1961, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier)

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Marcel Pagnol’s trilogy about the girlfriend of a sailor who finds herself pregnant after he returns to sea. She enters into a marriage of convenience with an older man that matures into real love and real family. Their life together is threatened when the sailor returns from the sea. This version is lovingly photographed, beautifully scored, and a touching melodrama; great to see older stars from Hollywood’s past in the leads.

Fanny had an earlier life on the American stage as a play by S. N. Behrman and Joshua Logan, with songs by Harold Rome. Logan directed a cast that included Enzio Pinza, Walter Slezak and William Tabbert at the Majestic Theater in New York.

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USA | Warner Bros. | 134 minutes | 1961

Director: Joshua Logan
Producer: Joshua Logan
Cinematography: Jack Cardiff
Editor: William H. Reynolds
Music: Harold J. Rome, Morris Stoloff, Harry Sukman
Script: Julius J. Epstein, Joshua Logan, Marcel Pagnol

cast
Raymond Bussières as The Admiral
Horst Buchholz as Marius
Georgette Anys as Honorine (Fanny’s Mother)
Leslie Caron as Fanny
Maurice Chevalier as Panisse
Charles Boyer as Cesar
Salvatore Baccaloni as Escartifique (Ferryboat Captain)
Lionel Jeffries as Monsieur Brun
Joël Flateau as Cesario (Fanny’s Son)
Victor Francen as Panisse’s older brother
Paul Bonifas as The Postman

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