Fanny (1932 film)

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Directed byMarc Allégret
Based onFanny
by Marcel Pagnol
Produced byPierre Braunberger
Roger Richebé
Orane Demazis
Pierre Fresnay
Edited byJean Mamy
Music byVincent Scotto
Georges Sellers [fr]
Distributed byMediterranean Film Company
Release date
  • 28 October 1932 (1932-10-28) (France)
Running time
104 minutes

Fanny is a 1932 French romance and drama film directed by Marc Allégret, based on the 1931 play by Marcel Pagnol. It is the second part of the Marseillaise film trilogy that begins with Marius (1931) and concludes with César (1936). Like Marius, the film was a box office success in France and is still considered to be a classic of French cinema.


The story takes place in Marseille. Marius, the son of barkeeper César, had a romance with Fanny, a neighbourhood girl and daughter of the fish salesman in the harbor. Marius then followed his dream by sailing away to travel the seven seas. Fanny then discovers she is pregnant by Marius, a shameful position in the community since she's a single mother with a father unable to secure the future of her and her child. She acquiesces to her mother's advice to marry a more prosperous salesman in the harbor, Honoré Panisse, who is 30 years older than she is. A few months after the marriage and the birth of the baby, Marius returns and tries to win back Fanny.


In popular culture[edit]

  • 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 café located above the restaurant is decorated with posters from the films Marius, Fanny and César.
  • The main characters from the films Marius, Fanny, and César make a cameo appearance in the Asterix comic book Asterix and the Banquet. The pétanque playing scene in the comic book is a reference to a similar scene in this film.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fanny". Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2012.
  2. ^ Rivière, Stéphane. "Les allusions dans Astérix : Marcel Pagnol". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Astérix – Page introuvable". Archived from the original on 27 September 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2018.

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