Early French cinema seems to finally be having its international revival after the French New Wave served its decisive ideological blow via Truffaut's much-discussed polemic against "a certain tendency". The new restoration of this theatrical melodrama is so impressive that it's hard to believe it was released in 1931. It's a joy to watch.
I remember having see 'Marius' two or three times on French TV in the 1970's. The sound was awful, it hisses during the whole movie and the image was blurred and crackeled but I still loved the film. Now imagine this film in Blu-Ray after restoration: a (re-) discovery! Every scene with Raimu is unforgettable. Masterpiece.
I held a marathon viewing of Marius Fanny and Cesar for a bunch of movie lovers who had never seen Pagnol. A huge success. It is so gratifying to introduce this lovely world to peoplewho don't know it. These films are teeming with life and demand to be watched and loved