The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: January 28-February 3

01/28/2015 11:34 AM |

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Marius (1931)
Directed by Alexander Korda
The first episode in playwright-screenwriter Marcel Pagnol’s heartrending “Fanny Trilogy,” Marius introduces a roaring, humane Marseilles, a quayside quarter of classic French cinema rippling with laughter, loss, and wide, abiding love. César (the great early film actor Raimu) minds his café and Marius, his lackluster son who secretly longs for the sea, but just as secretly loves and is loved by his old friend Fanny. Jealously gives light to love, but Fanny struggles with the the desires of it: to have Marius or push him off to his dreams. Korda and Pagnol stock the film with rich characters, humor, and observation, rendering a moving sense of family that poignantly holds together as it strains apart. Jeremy Polacek (Jan 31, 6:15pm at Anthology Film Archives’s “French Classics of the 1930s-40s”)