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  • NR
  • 1931
  • 2 hr 8 min
  • 7.8  (2,537)

Marius is a 1931 French film directed by Alexander Korda and starring Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, and Fernand Charpin. It is based on a play by Marcel Pagnol and is the first in a trilogy of films, followed by Fanny and Cesar. The film is set in the quaint fishing port of Marseille, where Marius (Fresnay), a young and handsome man, dreams of traveling the world on ships. Marius works at his father Cesar's (Raimu) waterfront bar, where he is a popular figure among the locals. Amidst his dreams of adventure, Marius is torn between his love for Fanny (Orane Demazis), a young girl in the village, and his strong desire to leave the town and explore new horizons.

Fanny loves Marius as deeply as he loves her, but she is hesitant to express her feelings due to the societal norms of the time that prevent women from expressing themselves openly. She fears that Marius will leave her behind, and her fears are not entirely unfounded, as Marius decides to take a job on a ship and leave Marseille behind.

Cesar, Marius's father, disapproves of his son's restless ways and tries to convince him to stay and take over the family business. He is also concerned about Fanny, who he sees as a potential threat to his son's dreams. In a touching scene, Cesar offers Fanny the chance to marry his son, and in doing so, reveals a softer side to his tough exterior.

Despite Cesar's attempts to convince his son to stay and marry Fanny, Marius is determined to pursue his dreams of travel and adventure. He tells Fanny that he must leave and that he cannot promise to return. Fanny, heartbroken, begs him to stay, but Marius is resolute.

The film ends on a poignant note, with Fanny standing at the waterfront as Marius's ship sails away. She sings a song about lost love as the camera pans out to show the fishing village at sunset.

Marius is an outstanding film, notable for its atmospheric portrayal of the quaint fishing port of Marseille, as well as its touching exploration of love, family, and societal expectations. The film's cast is exceptional, with Raimu's standout performance as the harsh yet loving father, and Fresnay's portrayal of the restless young man torn between his love for Fanny and his desire to explore the world.

The film's themes of love, loss, and unfulfilled dreams are universal and timeless, making Marius a classic for all ages. The film's beautiful scenery and emotional performances make it a must-watch for fans of French cinema and those looking for a moving and thought-provoking story.

Overall, Marius is a beautifully shot, captivating film that explores the universal themes of love, loss, and the longing for adventure. It is an essential piece of French cinema and a classic that should not be missed.

Marius is a 1931 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 8 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

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    7.8  (2,537)