4 videodiscs (395 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (56 pages ; 19 cm)
Title from container.
Marius (1.19:1) aspect ratio.
Fanny (1.19:1) aspect ratio.
César (1.37:1) aspect ratio.
Special features: new introduction by filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier; new interview with Nicolas Pagnol, grandson of writer-director Marcel Pagnol; segments from Marcel Pagnol: Morceaux choisis, a 1973 documentary series on Pagnol's life and work; Marseille, a short 1935 documentary about the Marseille harbor produced by Pagnol; archival interviews with actors Orane Demazis, Pierre Fresnay and Robert Vattier; Pagnol's poetic realism, a new video essay by scholar Brett Bowles; French television clip from 2015 about the restoration of the trilogy; theatrical rerelease trailer; essay by film critic Michael Atkinson and excerpts from Pagnol's introductions to his plays and screenplays.
Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin, Orane Demazis.
Gruff, sentimental César owns a waterfront bar in the old port of Marseille, where his son, Marius, wipes down tables and dreams of a life at sea. The prosperous, middle-aged sailmaker Panisse, wanting to wed Marius's sweetheart, Fanny, sets up a generation-spanning romantic triangle, the story of which unfolds in a series of fateful twists in the films, which first earned Pagnol his place in cinema history. Includes making and restoration of the films, documentaries, interviews, and more.
DVD; region 1; Dolby digital mono.
French dialogue; English subtitles.