The final film in Pagnol’s trilogy begins with the death of César’s best friend, old Panisse, the town merchant who has devoted his wealth and love to the happiness of his young wife, Fanny, and their son. After the death of Panisse, the son is told by his mother that his real father is the legendary Marius, César’s son, who left Marseilles twenty years earlier to travel the world. Feeling betrayed, the son sets out to find Marius, who is living quietly in a nearby town. The only film in the trilogy that Pagnol directed himself, CÉSAR is a deeply moving finale to a series of films that is one of the great accomplishments of 1930s French cinema.



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