Panorama Classics

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Nov 2015

Panorama classics


Country: France
Year: 1931
Director: Alexander Korda
Genre: Drama
Starring: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis
Running Time: 120 min
Language: French
Suntitles: English

César is a café owner in the port of Marseilles. His son Marius, in love with Fanny, the daughter of a fishmonger, longs to live the adventurous life of a sailor. Even though the lovers plan to marry, Fanny realises she cannot hold Marius from his dreams. The film poignantly explores the drama and humour inherent in the relationships of these unforgettable characters. Restored in 2015, it was written and produced by Marcel Pagnol.

Presented in the Panorama Classics Selection – Cannes IFF 2015.

Still from Marius (Photo: Zawya)


Country: France
Year: 1928
Director: Marcel Vandal
Genre: Drama
Starring: Lee Parry, Jean Murat, Max Maxudian
Running Time: 65 min
Language: French

Deeply in love with Pierre, a penniless artist, Anne Marie is forced by her brother Arthur to marry the rich creditor Wirosq. As she lives a luxurious but boring life in Cairo, Pierre decides to join her. Together, the lovers travel across Upper Egypt. But, being suspicious, Wirosq and Arthur decide to join her as well. Confused, Anne Marie will have to choose between her husband and her beloved.
The first sound film released in France, L’Eau Du Nil was presented in 1928 with music and lyrics, using the sound recording process Gaumont-Petersen-Poulsen. The original title was The Wealthiest Woman of the World.

Still from L'Eau du Nil (Photo: Zawya)


Country: France, United Kingdom
Year: 1979
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring:  Natassia Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson
Genre: Drama, Romance
Running Time: 170 min
Language: English

Adapted from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, the film tells the story of a strong-willed peasant girl sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalise on a rumour that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal and revenge, which Polanski unfolds with deliberation and finesse.

Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design Music – Academy Awards 1981.
Best Foreign Film, New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Golden Globes 1981.
Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography – César Awards 1980.

Still from Tess (Photo: Zawya)

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