César (1936)

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César (1936)

Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Cesariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Cesariot's godfather. Panisse leaves that to Fanny, the lad's mother. Dissembling that he's off to see a friend, Cesariot then seeks Marius, now a mechanic in Toulon. Posing as a journalist, Cesariot spends time with Marius and leaves believing tales he is a petty thief. Only after the truth comes out can Marius, Fanny, César, and Cesariot step beyond the falsehoods, benign though they may be.
France
IMDb  7.6 /10
Creators
Director Marcel Pagnol
Writer Marcel Pagnol
Information
Release Date1936-11-11
Runtime2h 48mins
GenreDrama
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards
CompanyLes Films Marcel Pagnol
CountryFrance
LanguageFrench
César Ollivier
Marius Ollivier
Honoré Panisse (as Charpin)
Paul Dullac
Paul Dullac
Félix Escartefigue
Aldebert Brun
Innocent Mangiapan (as Maupi)
Édouard Delmont
Édouard Delmont
Le docteur Felicien Venelle (as Delmont)
Tante Claudine Foulon
Thommeray
Thommeray
Elzéar Bonnegrâce - le curé de Saint Victor
Jean Castan
Jean Castan
L'enfant de choeur
Robert Bassac
Robert Bassac
Pierre Dromard
Alida Rouffe
Alida Rouffe
Honorine Cabanis
L'employé de Panisse
Charblay
Charblay
Henri - le patron du bar de Toulon

César (film)

César is a 1936 French film, written and directed by Marcel Pagnol. It's the final part of his Marseille trilogy, which began with the film Marius and was followed by Fanny. Unlike the other two films in the trilogy, César was not based on a play by Pagnol, but written directly as a film script. In 1946 Pagnol adapted the script as a stage play.


Plot

Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Césariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Césariot's godfather. Panisse leaves that to Fanny, the lad's mother. Dissembling that he's off to see a friend, Césariot then seeks Marius, now a mechanic in Toulon. Posing as a journalist, Césariot spends time with Marius and leaves believing tales he is a petty thief. Only after the truth comes out can Marius, Fanny, César, and Césariot step beyond the falsehoods, benign though they may be.


Cast

  • Marius (Pierre Fresnay)
  • Fanny Panisse (Orane Demazis)
  • Honoré Panisse (Charpin)
  • César Olivier (Raimu)
  • Honorine Cabanis (Alida Rouff)
  • Césariot Panisse (André Fouche)
  • Claudine Foulon (Milly Mathis)
  • Albert Brown (Robert Vattier)
  • Felix Escartefique (Paul Dullac)
  • Innocent Mangiapan (Marcel Maupi)
  • Dr. Felicien Venelle (Édouard Delmont)
  • Elzear Bonnegrâce (Thommeray)
  • Missionary boy (Jean Castan)
  • Pierre Dromard (Robert Bassac)
  • Assistant of Panisse (Relly)

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 café upstairs from 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.