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Fanny (1961)

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A love triangle between a young woman, a rich 60-something man and an aspiring sailor set in early 20th century Marseilles.

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S.N. Behrman (play), Joshua Logan (play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Fanny
Horst Buchholz ... Marius
Maurice Chevalier ... Panisse
Charles Boyer ... Cesar
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Honorine - Fanny's Mother
Salvatore Baccaloni Salvatore Baccaloni ... Escartifigue - Ferryboat Captain (as Baccaloni)
Lionel Jeffries ... Monsieur Brun - The Englishman
Raymond Bussières ... The Admiral (as Raymond Bussieres)
Joël Flateau Joël Flateau ... Cesario - Fanny's Son (as Joel Flateau)
Victor Francen ... Panisse's Elder Brother
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... The Postman
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Storyline

Almost 19-year-old Marius feels himself in a rut in Marseille, his life planned for him by his cafe'-owning father, and he longs for the sea. The night before he is to leave on a 5-year voyage, Fanny, a girl he grew up with, reveals that she is in love with him, and he discovers that he is in love with her. He must choose between an exciting life at sea, and a boring life with the woman he loves. And Fanny must choose between keeping the man she loves, and letting him live the life he seems to want. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Fanny is all the love stories of the world rolled into one See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine Liebe in Marseille See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It was executive producer Jack L. Warner's decision to not make Fanny as a musical on the grounds that movie musicals were losing money at the time, implying the public was no longer interested in seeing them. Although portions of the score were used on the soundtrack, the film itself was a straight comedy-drama. Ironically, the year Fanny opened, one of the biggest moneymakers was the musical West Side Story (1961) and Fanny lost that year's Best Picture Oscar to West Side Story. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Panisse looks from his bed, the angle is such that he could not possibly see the boy, Cesario, jumping on the trampoline. See more »

Quotes

Marius: [Staring lovingly at the sea, and a sail boat coming into the harbour] I want to be on that ship!
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Connections

Referenced in Les échos du cinéma: Episode #1.27 (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Fanny
Music by Harold Rome
Lyrics by Harold Rome
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marvelous--both charming and poignant
5 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is my favorite Leslie Caron movie. I like it even better than the wonderful "Gigi"--and that's saying a lot.

There are several elements of the movie that are outstanding. The cinematography and music combine to make an incredibly artistic film that helps to convey the love and sadness of the young lovers. The acting is generally top-notch--especially the supporting roles played by Charles Boyer and Maurice Chavalier. But most importantly, the overriding theme is unusual and profound (illegitimacy and the choices you make once this unwanted pregnancy occurs). This makes this film very adult in sensibilities and yet a good family picture as well---I certainly would want my daughters to see and learn from Fanny and Marius' experiences.

This movie has so many wonderful moments (such as Panisse's utter devotion and acceptance of Fanny and her baby, Cesar's confrontation of Marius near the end of the flick or Panisse and Cesar's game with the hat in the street) and overall it can't help but satisfy.

One of the absolute best films of the 1960s--though how it's becomes somewhat forgotten is beyond me.


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