“I long for distance places.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
Response to Peary’s Review:
… “and his middle-aged friends, with their hats, pot bellies, and funny philosophizing and quibbling.”
In his review, Peary shares more about the plot, which inevitably leads to spoilers — but he also simply notes that the “picture has warmth, humor, [and] marvelous acting by Raimu” in addition to being “one of the first films not only to deal with premarital sex but to make it seem natural.” He points out that “highlights include an affectionate scene between Cesar and his son (parental love is vital to the trilogy)”:
… “and a card game between Cesar and his pals.”
While it is slowly paced (and arguably needs to be seen with its trilogy counterparts for full appreciation), Marius remains a cornerstone of early French cinema, and should be seen once by all film fanatics.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: