ⓘ Marius (1931 film)

Marius (1931 film)

ⓘ Marius (1931 film)

Marius is a 1931 French drama film directed by Alexander Korda. It is based on the 1929 play of the same title by Marcel Pagnol. The film is a part of a trilogy which includes the films Fanny and Cesar. The film was selected to be screened in the Cannes Classics section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The restored film was also given a limited re-release in the United States by Janus Films on 4 January 2017, first premiering at Film Forum.

The film was made by Korda for the French subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. A separate Swedish-language version Langtan till havet by John W. Brunius was also released in 1931 and a German-language version The Golden Anchor, also directed by Korda, was released the following year.


1. Synopsis

The film takes place mostly in the waterfront bar of Cesar, Mariuss father. Marius works in the bar and his good friend since childhood, Fanny, works outside the bar selling cockles. Marius has a hidden desire to travel to exotic places with the ship crews that depart from the docks of Marseille. This desire becomes exposed when a rich older man Panisse proposes to Fanny and Marius gets jealous. Marius jealousy of Panisse is the first indication of the secret feelings that he has for her, but much to his surprise, the feelings are reciprocated by Fanny. She confesses that she loves Marius prompting him to reveal his plans of traveling the world to her, noting that being the wife of a man at sea is not a desirable life. After a few nights, it is discovered that they have slept together and Mariuss father and Fannys mother convince him to marry her. Marius becomes noticeably melancholy after proposing to Fanny until a few days later, the date of departure of a boat on which Marius was supposed to crew. Fanny, realizing that Marius is not truly happy being with her, decides to encourage him to leave. She helps distract his father while Marius sneaks onto the boat.


2. Cast in credits order

  • Raimu as Cesar Olivier
  • Edouard Delmont as Le Goelec
  • Lucien Callamand as Le Quartier-Maitre Du Ferry-Boat
  • Paul Dullac as Felix Escartefigue
  • Valentine Ribe as Un Client / A Customer
  • Fernand Charpin as Honore Panisse
  • Milly Mathis as Tante Claudine Foulon
  • Alexandre Mihalesco as Piquoiseau
  • Marcel Maupi as Innocent Mangiapan Le Chauffeur Du Ferry-Boat
  • Robert Vattier as Albert Brun
  • Orane Demazis as Fanny
  • Pierre Fresnay as Marius
  • Vassy as Un Arabe
  • Queret as Felicite
  • Alida Rouffe as Honorine Cabanis

3. In popular culture

  • The famed restaurateur and founder of California cuisine, Alice Waters, was so taken by this film that she named her Berkeley restaurant "Chez Panisse". The cafe upstairs from the restaurant is decorated with posters from the films Marius, Fanny, and Cesar.
  • The main characters from the films Marius, Fanny and Cesar make a cameo appearance in the Asterix comic book Asterix and the Banquet. The card playing scene in the comic book is a reference to a similar scene in this film.
  • Port of Seven Seas is James Whales remake of Marius and Fanny.
  • classical pianist Robert Casadesus. He was the brother of Henri Casadesus and Marius Casadesus, and grandfather of Jean Casadesus. He composed several songs
  • Panisse in Marcel Pagnol s Marseille trilogy, beginning with Marius in 1931 Marius 1931 Fanny 1932 Court Waltzes 1933 Chotard and Company 1933
  • the actor Marius Goring, thirteen years her junior. She returned to Germany in 1948 and resumed her career as an actress on stage and in film In 1955
  • publisher Marius Borgeaud 1861 1924 Swiss painter Nelly Borgeaud 1931 2004 French film actress Pierre - Yves Borgeaud born 1963 Swiss film director
  • ill - advised friend of Marius and with Fernandel in Ignace directed by Pierre Colombier. 1926 : L Inconnue des Six Jours dir. Rene Sti 1931 : Atout coeur dir
  • Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto 1 March 1918  18 June 1973 was a British actor, best known as the first actor to play
  • Manon Barbeau contemporary Canadian film director and screenwriter Marcel Barbeau b. 1925 Canadian artist Marius Barbeau 1883 1969 Canadian ethnographer
  • Prince Alfred Park, Sydney in 1896. It was shot by Marius Sestier. original costumes from Australian films such as The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the
  • composers. It was later discovered that Casadesus and his brothers, notably Marius Casadesus, wrote these works. The Adelaïde Concerto, allegedly by Wolfgang

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