Cinéaste

"Cinema and myself are born on the same day, at the same place..." Marcel Pagnol

"I used to be everything: producer, studios and laboratories manager, director, office manager... I lived in the studios. We would eat in the canteen everyday. On shooting times, the table was gigantic: actors, technicians, grips..."
"I would repeatedly tell them: "Don't worry, folks! If it is not good enough, we will do it again". It cost almost nothing to do it again; it only cost a new film stock... No risk was run; we would shoot, screen and say: "No, this is not good" and we would start over again. The grips used to attend the screenings, they lived around the studios; our filmmaking was a family thing."

Filmography

Marius, 1931
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Alexander Korda
Main performers: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis...

Fanny, 1932
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marc Allégret
Main performers: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Fernand Charpin...

Topaze (1st version), 1932
Script and dialogues : Léopold Marchand after Marcel Pagnol's play
Direction : Louis Gasnier
Main performers: Louis Jouvet, Marcel Vallée, Simone Héliard...

Direct au coeur ("Straight From The Heart"), 1932
Script and dialogues : after the play by Marcel Pagnol and Paul Nivoix
Direction : Roger Lion, with Arnaudy's contribution.
Main performers: Antoine Arnaudy, Jacques Maury, Gustave Libeau...

L'Agonie des aigles ("The Death Agony of the Eagles"), 1933
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after Emile Augier's play
Direction : Roger Richebé
Main performers: Pierre Renoir, Jean Debucourt, Annie Ducaux...

Le Gendre de monsieur Poirier ("Mr. Poirier"s Son-in-Law"), 1933
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after Emile Augier's play
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Léon Bernard, Annie Ducaux, Jean Debucourt...

Jofroi, 1933
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after short story by Jean Giono
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Vincent Scotto, Annie Toinon, Henri Poupon...

L'Article 330, 1934
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after Georges Courteline's play
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Robert Le Vigan, Jean d'Yd, Henri Darbrey...

Tartarin de Tarascon, 1934
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Alphonse Daudet
Direction : Raymond Bernard
Main performers: Raimu, Fernand Charpin, Saint-Granier...

Angèle, 1934
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Jean Giono.
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Orane Demazis, Henri Poupon, Annie Toinon...

Le Premier Amour ("First Love"), 1934
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol

Merlusse, 1935
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Henri Poupon, André Pollack, Thomeray...

Cigalon, 1935
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Antoine Arnaudy, Henri Poupon, Madame Chabert...

Topaze (2nd version), 1936
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Antoine Arnaudy, Délia Col, Léon Brouzet...

César, 1936
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Raimu, Pierre Fresnay, Orane Demazis...

Regain ("Harvest"), 1937
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Jean Giono
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Orane Demazis, Fernandel, Gabriel Gabrio...

Le Schpountz, 1938
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Fernandel, Orane Demazis, Fernand Charpin...

La femme du boulanger ("The Baker's Wife"), 1938
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Jean Giono
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Charles Moulin...

Monsieur Brotonneau, 1939
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by de Flers and Caillavet
Direction : Alexandre Esway
Main performers: Raimu, Marguerite Pierry, Josette Day...

La fille du puisatier ("The Well Digger's Daughter"), 1940
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Raimu, Josette Day, Fernandel...

La prière aux Etoiles (unfinished film), 1941
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Pierre Blanchar, Josette Day, Julien Carette...

Arlette et l'Amour, 1943
Script and dialogues : Félix Gandera after his own play
Direction : Robert Vernay supervised by Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: André Luguet, Josette Day, Andrée de Chauveron...

Naïs, 1945
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after short story by Emile Zola
Direction : Raymond Leboursier supervised by Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Fernandel, Jacqueline Bouvier, Henri Poupon...

La Belle Meunière, 1948
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after song cycles by Franz Schubert
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Tino Rossi, Jacqueline Pagnol, Raoul Marco...

Le Rosier de Madame Husson, 1950
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Maupassant.
Direction : Jean Boyer
Main performers: Bourvil, Pauline Carton, Jacqueline Pagnol...

Topaze (3rd version), 1950
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Fernandel, Marcel Vallée, Jacqueline Pagnol...

Manon des sources ("Manon of the Spring") (1st part), 1952
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Jacqueline Pagnol, Raymond Pellegrin, Rellys...

Ugolin (2nd part), 1952
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Jacqueline Pagnol, Raymond Pellegrin, Rellys...

Carnaval, 1953
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Emile Mazaud
Direction : Henri Verneuil
Main performers: Fernandel, Jacqueline Pagnol, Mireille Perrey...

Les Lettres de mon moulin ("Letters From My Windmill"): L'elixir du père Gaucher ("The Elixir of Father Gaucher"), 1954
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Alphonse Daudet
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Rellys, Robert Vattier, Christian Lude...

Les Lettres de mon moulin ("Letters From My Windmill"): Le secret de Maître Cornille ("The Secret of Master Cornille"), 1954
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Alphonse Daudet
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Edouard Delmont, Pierrette Bruno, Roger Cruzet...

Les Lettres de mon moulin ("Letters From My Windmill"): Les trois messes basses ("The Three Low Masses"), 1954
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Alphonse Daudet
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Henri Vilbert, Marcel Daxely, René Sarvil...

La Terreur des dames, 1956
Script and dialogues : René Barjavel, Raymond Castans, after a short story by Guy de Maupassant
Direction : Jean Boyer
Main performers: Noël Noël, Jacqueline Gauthier, Suzette Maïs...

La Dame aux Camélias ("The Lady of the Camellias") (TV film), 1962
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after the play by Alexandre Dumas junior
Direction : François Gir
Main performers: Gérard Barray, Christian Lude, Gilbert Baladou...

Les Lettres de mon moulin ("Letters From My Windmill"): Le Curé de Cucugnan ("The Priest of Cucugnan"), 1967
Script and dialogues : Marcel Pagnol after book by Alphonse Daudet
Direction : Marcel Pagnol
Main performers: Fernand Sardou, Jean Panisse, Roger Cruzet...