Marcel Pagnol


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Pagnol, Marcel

(märsĕl` pänyôl`), 1895–1974, French dramatist and film director. Pagnol gained recognition for his trilogy of sentimental comedies set on the Marseilles waterfront—Marius (1929), Fanny (1931), and César (1936)—for which he wrote the screenplays (1931, 1932, 1934). He used César for his directorial debut. Other films include The Well-Digger's Daughter (1940) and Letters from My Windmill (1955). Merlusse (1935, tr. 1937) embodies Pagnol's theories of the film art. His other works include the plays Judas (1956) and Angèle (1970). In 1986, the two-part film Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, based on Pagnol's novel The Water of the Hills (1962), met great success. His reminiscences form the basis of two critically acclaimed 1991 films, My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle.

Bibliography

See his memoir, The Days Were Too Short (tr. 1960).

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Marcel Pagnol a ete tout simplement mis sous scelle suite a un litige avec le proprietaire.
Directed, written by Daniel Autenil, based on the screenplay by Marcel Pagnol. Camera (color), Jean-Francois Robin; editor, Joelle Hache; music, Alexandre Desplat; production designer, Bernard Vezat; costume designer, Pierre-Yves Gayraud; sound (Dolby Digital/DTS), Henri Morelle, Jean Goudier, Thomas Gaudier, assistant director, Alain Olivieri-Afar, casting, Elodie Demey.
Burstyn's greatest notoriety came with Roberto Rossellini's Il Miracolo (The Miracle, 1948), which he combined with two other short photodramas--Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country (1936) and Marcel Pagnol's Jofroi (1933)--into an omnibus film which he titled, Ways of Love (released in 1950).
Berri, who won an Oscar for his 1963 short film "Le Poulet," went on to direct the hit Provencal saga based on the novels of Marcel Pagnol following years later with a screen adaptation of Emile Zola's "Germinal."
"The Grocer's Son" may not be making a profound commentary on father-son relations, but it recalls the best work of filmmaker Marcel Pagnol in its revelation of real community.
THE SIMPLE PROVENCAL CAFE AND characters of Marcel Pagnol's Fanny Trilogy were natural icons for Alice Waters, the Berkeley chef who revolutionized American cooking through her use of organic ingredients at Chez Panisse, named for Pagnol's patriarch.
In his latest novel, Le marteau pique-coeur, which was awarded the 2004 Prix Marcel Pagnol, while not abandoning the social themes and imagery involved in immigrant and postimmigrant identity that characterized his earlier works, Begag recounts a far more personal story of loss and uncertainty.
The same is true of the films of Marcel Pagnol, whose character Panisse inspired Alice Waters to name her seminal California restaurant that itself owes so much to French cooking and culture.
"There is no limit to the dramatic subjects that humour can treat," citing Marcel Pagnol's classic french serio-comedies from the 1930s and the Coen brothers's Fargo as direct influences.
En la Francia de los anos treinta adquiere un relieve especial la contribucion de un hombre que intenta fundir el teatro y el cine; se trata de Marcel Pagnol. Es evidente que la personalidad de este autor y sus planteamientos artisticos han sido muy discutidos (Garcia-Abad 480), sobre todo por aquellos que vieron en sus deseos de utilizar los nuevos recursos sonoros, unos elementos que podian distorsionar el pleno concepto del cine; a pesar de todo, en los ultimos anos se ha producido una revision de su obra y un deseo de reivindicacion de sus planteamientos (Beylie, Marcel Pagnol ou le cinema).
Por su parte, la cinta francesa Un lugar en el corazon, de Robert Guediguian, "esta llena de un calor muy a la Marcel Pagnol, abordando los temas de lo cotidiano del barrio, como microcosmos de una parte de Francia que no tiene nada que ver con Paris", en tanto que la otra pelicula francesa, Final de agosto, principio de septiembre, de Olivier Assayas, "es una obra mas sofisticada, con una elaboracion mas universal".
And the Vieux Port of Marseilles is a magic place in which to assist, especially at dusk--that blue hour--when the masts of the little boats, the flags, and the twinkling lights on the water suggest a painting by Raoul Dufy, while more than a few of the local inhabitants drinking at the cafes fringing the harbor remind you that this is Marcel Pagnol territory.