To celebrate the return of the big screen in Buxton, Buxton Film have arranged screenings with introductions by some special guests. The films they’ve chosen evoke the nostalgia of simpler times and three of them are classics in their own right.
We hope you’ll be able to come along to both films in our Marcel Pagnol double bill. Buxton Film are very pleased that the award-winning writer and naturalist Mark Cocker who is a passionate advocate of Pagnol’s work, has kindly agreed to introduce this film.
French writer and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol made a 4 hour version of his own story Manon des Sources in 1952. It proved to be unwieldy and Pagnol was unhappy with a severely edited version that found its way into cinemas. He went some way to putting the record straight by publishing the full story as a pair of novels in 1963. Claude Berri adapted the novels and filmed them over a period of 7 months in Provence. The whole story is a desperate family tragedy. César Soubeyran (Yves Montand) is an ageing patriarch of a distinguished family that is dying out. His one relative is a nephew, Ugolin (Daniel Auteuil) who is loyal but not all that bright. Jean Cadoret (Gérard Depardieu) arrives from the city with his young family with plans to make a success of life in a rural setting. The films won awards for the acting and cinematography and are regarded as amongst the greatest post-war French films.
In French with English subtitles
Cast: Yves Montand, Emmanuelle Béart, Daniel Auteuil
Director: Claude Berri