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harvest 2

by Allan Fish

(France 1937 127m) not on DVD

Aka. Regain

And Then There Were None…

d/w  Marcel Pagnol  novel  Jean Giono  ph  Willy Faktorovich  ed  Jeannette Ginestet, Suzanne de Troeye  m  Arthur Honegger  art  Marius Brouquier

Fernandel (Urbain Gedemus), Orane Demazis (Arsule), Gabriel Gabrio (Panturle), Margurite Moreno (Mameche), Robert le Vigan (Sergeant), Edouard Delmont  (Gaubert), Henri Poupon (L’Amoureux), Milly Mathis (Belline), Charles Blavette (Jasmin),

Of all the accepted French masters of the 1930s, Marcel Pagnol has always been the most problematic.  Like all of them, with the exception of Renoir, he has gone through peaks and troughs of interest from critics, but while one can certainly claim Renoir, Carné, Vigo and Duvivier, at least, to be his superiors, did any of them conjure up such an instantly recognisable landscape.  Watch a minute or two of a Duvivier and a signature isn’t always clear to see.  With Pagnol, it’s obvious; Provencal/Riviera locations, bucolic characters, humour, tragedy, pathos.  It was all there.  (more…)

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