I've finished watching the Fanny trilogy. these are the main differences I could see between the two productions in terms of story and portrayal.
The character closest to the trilogy is that of Cesar, Panisse is more jocular and humourous, Fanny is prettier, more glamourous and Marius, here's the big difference. In Fanny he never grows up but in the trilogy he's had to. Cesariot is an adult in the trilogy but a boy in Fanny. The age difference between Fanny and Panisse is greater in Fanny. I'm going to give it some thought and type up the movies which I've thoroughly enjoyed over the last couple of days.
The strength's of this great trilogy are many, the script, very wordy, with many parts, the characters themselves, how they relate to one another, the close knit locale. The actors, both leading and supporting all perfectly cast and delivering wonderful performances.
I think the first film of the series starts quite slowly, it doesn't encourage those who are new to the delights of early French cinema to stick with it, the pace is slow as it goes setting the scene, catching the port and then the waterfront. More do we care at first for our characters, Cesar is prickly, Marius disinterested and everyone seems to squabble very heatedly, not like the characters in other French movies I've watched. This only struck me on second viewing, they behave more like hot headed latins, quick to anger and defend themselves, quick to perceive a slight whether intended or not, friends bicker constantly and father's toward sons, well that's where Cesar really polishes his tongue. In time the characters emerge, with their foibles, their frailties and their humanity. Marius loves the sea, he's drawn to it, he would have left but he loves Fanny, not that the love is declared. In Cesar, Fanny says to Cesariot how she used to pretend to sleep with her straw hat pulled over her eyes and she would watch Marius watching her as she slept. There's real sweetness between the young couple that isn't spoken but Fanny knows, she's always known. She is glad when he doesn't go the first time but she can see how he is torn and lets him go, lying to him about a marriage to Panisse, one that has been offered but turned down.
Marius isn't a little boy, he's a man, struggling by his longing for the sea and Fanny, the two conflict, he makes his choice, he wants to stay and marry him but fanny believes that his love if the sea means he won't stay so he leaves because he believes she won't marry him. It's the first of many emotional rollercoaster's when he leaves and Fanny distracts Cesar who proudly shows her his room which he will vacate for the couple.
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