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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has ... See full summary »

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Jean Renoir

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Jean Renoir (screenplay), Jacques Levert (based upon material compiled by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Blavette ... Antonio Canova / Toni
Celia Montalván Celia Montalván ... Josefa (as Celia Montalvan)
Édouard Delmont Édouard Delmont ... Fernand (as Delmont)
Max Dalban Max Dalban ... Albert (as Dalban)
Jenny Hélia Jenny Hélia ... Marie (as Jenny Helia)
Michel Kovachevitch Michel Kovachevitch ... Sebastian (as M. Kovachevicht)
Andrex ... Gabi
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In the 1920s, the Provence is a magnet for immigrants seeking work in the quarries or in agriculture. Many mingle with locals and settle down permanently - like Toni, an Italian who has moved in with Marie, a Frenchwoman. Even a well-ordered existence is not immune from boredom, friendship, love, or enmity, and Toni gets entangled in a web of increasingly passionate relationships. For there is his best pal Fernand, but also Albert, his overbearing foreman; there is Sebastian, a steady Spanish peasant, but also Gabi, his young rogue relative; there is Marie, but there is also Josefa. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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France

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French | Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

4 November 1936 (USA) See more »

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Тони See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Narrator: The action takes place in the south of France, a Latin region where, destroying the spirit of Babel, nature knows full well tto achieve the fusion of the races.
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Renoir Tries to Do Pagnol
17 August 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A booming Provence draws workers from Spain and Italy, among them Charles Blavette. He quickly acquires a job at a quarry and a wife, Jenny Hélia, but nurses a passion for the sluttish Celia Montalván, When her uncle dies and Blavette is adamant that he will carry out his wishes that Blavette do his duty as Celia's daughter's godfather, his life goes to pieces. He thinks he can put it together again with a hare-brained scheme that involves Celia, the baby and him running away to South America, but there are complications in her household he doesn't imagine.

Jean Renoir's frequently overlooked movie is competently done, but ignored because, although it clearly has film noir elements in it, including the usual femme fatale, everyone is. to put it unkindly, so stupidly selfish as to be unworthy of much dramatic consideration. The situations go beyond pathos into bathos, and if it were not for the grace notes that Renoir inserts into the production, like the workers' songs, and the actors' ability to inhabitant these foolish characters, it would not be worth the time to look at the movie.

It's a well-meaning effort, based on some ethnographic notes that an old school friend of Renoir's, Jacques Levert took; Marcel Pagnol is listed as executive producer, so clearly someone thought that this was something on the order of the Fanny trilogy in showing the lower classes as they really were. Unfortunately, it shows them as dopes and little more.


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