César (film)

César is a 1936 French film, written and directed by Marcel Pagnol. It's the final part of his Marseille trilogy, which began with the film Marius and was followed by Fanny. Unlike the other two films in the trilogy, César was not based on a play by Pagnol, but written directly as a film script. In 1946 Pagnol adapted the script as a stage play.

1936 poster for César showing Fanny and Marius
Directed byMarcel Pagnol
Written byMarcel Pagnol
Pierre Fresnay
Music byVincent Scotto
CinematographyWilly Faktorovitch
Roger Ledru
Edited bySuzanne de Troeye
Jeannette Ginestet
Release date
27 October 1936
Running time
168 min


Honoré Panisse is dying, cheerfully, with friends, wife, and son at his side. He confesses to the priest in front of his friends; he insists that the doctor be truthful. But, he cannot bring himself to tell his son Césariot that his real father is Marius, the absent son of César, Césariot's godfather. Panisse leaves that to Fanny, the lad's mother. Dissembling that he's off to see a friend, Césariot then seeks Marius, now a mechanic in Toulon. Posing as a journalist, Césariot spends time with Marius and leaves believing tales he is a petty thief. Only after the truth comes out can Marius, Fanny, César, and Césariot step beyond the falsehoods, benign though they may be.


  • The famed restaurateur and founder of California cuisine, Alice Waters, was so taken by this film that she named her Berkeley restaurant "Chez Panisse". The café upstairs from the restaurant is decorated with posters from the films Marius, Fanny, and César.[1]
  • The main characters from the films Marius, Fanny and César make a cameo appearance in the Asterix comic book Asterix and the Banquet.[2][3]


  1. "Fanny (1932) - Trivia - IMDb". Akas.imdb.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2013-10-15.
  2. "Les allusions dans Astérix : Marcel Pagnol". Mage.fst.uha.fr. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
  3. "Astérix – Le site officiel". Asterix.com. Archived from the original on 2011-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-16.
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