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3 Great Films by Marcel Pagnol

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Marius

Topaze

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3 Great Films by Marcel Pagnol

Celebrating the airing of The Time for Love, a biographical movie about Marcel Pagnol’s first adventures with love during his teenage years, we have selected three must-see movies directed or written by Pagnol himself.

Marius

This selection begins with the first movie ever produced based on a title by Marcel Pagnol. Directed by the great Alexandre Korda, Marius tells the story of a young man tending bar who dreams of a life at sea. Because he so desires to become a sailor, he cannot commit to marriage even though he loves Fanny.

Marius went into production after Pagnol approached Paramount Pictures to develop a movie based on his play. The idea came to him after attending to a movie screening in London, where he witnessed the spell-spoken movies casted on audiences.

Topaze

Although the original screenplay was already adapted to cinema in 1933, Marcel Pagnol decided to get behind the cameras to give a new life to one of his most famous plays. In this movie, Albert Topaze is an incorruptible schoolteacher who loses his job when he refuses to pass the unruly son of a wealthy and powerful businessman. Topaze decides to dedicate his intellect and honesty to the world of business, only to discover that he could be as susceptible to corruption as any other man.

Letters From My Windmill

Also directed by Marcel Pagnol himself, Letters from My Windmill was one of the last films he ever directed, before devoting himself back to writing novels. Set in the countryside of Provence, Letters from My Windmill is based on three tales from Alphonse Daudet's 1869 short stories.

The movie was praised by the specialized press across the globe, with a journalist from The New York Times writing that the movie “has an air of authenticity about it that makes one feel an immediate participant in his scenes.”

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