Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Fanny (1961)

Notes: 4/6/11
Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Horst Buchholz light up the screen.
Love the actress who plays Fanny's mother (Georgette Anys).
Charles Boyer is great in the scene with Marius's letter.
Nice movie. Sweet story. Charming in parts.
If Boyer got an Oscar nomination, then Chevalier should have gotten one too.
Beautiful cinematography by Jack Cardiff.

Review: B
Charming love story set in France about a pair of star-crossed lovers and the years of complications that prevent them from spending their lives together. Leslie Caron is lovely as Fanny, a young girl who transfixes the hearts of everyone in town. Despite the title, the film is just as much about Fanny's childhood love, Marius, played by handsome Horst Buchholz. Marius's yearning for a seafaring life dashes all plans for marriage to Fanny, causing Fanny's mother and Marius's father (a delightful Charles Boyer) to take charge of the situation, with the help of a very rich, and much older, Maurice Chevalier. The ensemble works very well together and the cinematography by Jack Cardiff is truly marvelous to behold. The film runs a bit too long, but is certainly a fine example of how to portray chest-ripping romance onscreen.

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