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Pagnol Trilogy at Northwest Film Dec. 21-23

Northwest Film offers a rare chance to see French writer, playwright, and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol’s seminal Marseille Trilogy on the big screen at Whitsell Auditorium.

The trilogy begins with Marius, telling the story of Marseille shopkeepers Marius and Fanny. Although seemingly destined for marriage, Marius cannot overcome his urge to take to the open sea (Thursday, December 21, 7pm). Fanny is the second film in the trilogy, picking up moments after the end of Marius as Fanny grieves Marius’s departure—and realizes she’s pregnant (Friday, December 22, 7pm). Finally, the trilogy closes with César, continuing the story two decades later (Saturday, December 23, 7pm).

French playwright, novelist, and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol (1895–1974) created one of the most celebrated trilogies in cinema with his epic love story set in a waterfront community in Marseille. Based on his stage plays, each film was produced separately and can be appreciated individually for its own self-contained story. Shot in a realistic style later adopted by Jean Renoir and the French New Wave, seen together (although each chapter can be seen alone) they tell a single tale rich with Gallic warmth, humanism, humor, and unforgettable characters.

Thursday, December 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2017 9:00 PM
$9 general admission
Whitsell Auditorium/ Portland Art Museum
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1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR, United States, 97205

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