(out of 5)

Marcel Pagnol’s touching stories, previously filmed as a trilogy in France in the 1930s, were transformed into a hit Broadway musical in the fifties. When the production reached the big screen, all the songs had been excised and left as background music, but the story itself was still just as delightful as ever before.  is wonderful as the title character, a seaside fish-seller in Marseilles who loves idealistic  but loses him to his lust for adventure on the high seas. Trouble comes when she finds out that she is carrying his child after he has set sail, leaving her no choice but to marry a local merchant () whom she does not love in order to uphold the respectability of her father (a spirited ).  Her lover returns and things get messy, but the candy-coloured photography is beautiful, the romance is sweet, and though there are no songs it strangely feels like a musical all the same.


USA, 1961

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the play by , Joshua Logan, from the Marseilles trilogy by

Cinematography by

Produced by Joshua Logan

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1961

Golden Globe Awards 1961

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