“Fanny” is what happens when you shorten a romantic trilogy into one film. While Leslie Caron is quite the lead, she can’t make sense of the rushed plot. The Marseilles Trilogy by Pagnol isn’t remembered by anyone outside of French Lit majors. Still, it feels like Director Joshua Logan was tackling a project far larger than his capabilities. Boyer, Caron and Chevalier work their asses off to find a voice, but there’s a reason why the movie was forgotten.
When compared to its romantic movie competitor “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, the film’s lack of focus makes it almost impenetrable. You can appreciate the acting, the set design and general art appeal. But, it didn’t have Mickey Rooney. You win some and you lose some. I’d love to see the film’s source material revisited with a better adaptation.
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