I remember the shoot of César, third part of the trilogy, in a very different way. Pagnol had turned the corner: he was the one in charge. His outstanding subsequent success in filmmaking and the skills he immediately acquired in all his branches are well known.Pierre FresnayActor
I am not the father of neorealism on screen, you are. Had I not seen La fille du puisatier ("The well-digger's daughter"), I would never have shot Rome, Open City.Roberto RosselliniFilm director
Marcel Pagnol lived in the 20th century. He could equally have lived in the 17th century or in antiquity, that would not in any way have detracted from his genius...Jean DutourdFrom the Académie Française, writer
In France, a brilliant author had succeeded in creating a perfectly efficient organization to broadcast his films. He was Marcel Pagnol. Not only did he restrict his work on a geographical level, as Bergman did, but also on a historical level.Jean RenoirFilm director
Most certainly, Pagnol's methods are like no other. Not only is he his own scriptwriter, dialogue writer and director, working for his own company and on his own land, but the films he shoots are also pure works, as handcrafted objects shaped by his hands, with his comrades. Marcel Pagnol here crafts a rake and there moves the miller's table... There is no hierarchy in this world, no separate skills; work is a joint venture... Pierre LeprohonJournalist, on the shoot of Manon des Sources ("Manon of the Spring").
One day, I saw La femme du boulanger ("The Baker's Wife)... It was a shock. This movie is as powerful as a film by Capra, John Ford and Truffaut altogether. Pagnol must have been an outstanding man.Steven SpielbergFilm director
"Jofroi", the first neorealist film.Vittorio de SicaFilm director
Pagnol would spend hours in the sound truck. He was mainly interested in hearing the text uttered during the shoot, listening to see if the actors were speaking true, feeling the impact of a cue. So, I was on set and would say: "Action! Cut!" And, as soon as the shot was done, he would come out of the truck to correct the actors' performing.Suzanne de TroyeMarcel Pagnol and Jean Renoir's film editor.
Whatever you do, never work with a view to achieving the masterpiece: this is the best road to failure... Your misfortune is that you are too much of a scholar... When you feel like writing, do write: the readers will tell you what you are worth...Vincent Scotto à Marcel PagnolComposer of his film soundtracks and of hundreds of successful songs in interwar years.
The day would turn enchanting when Marcel arrived, unheralded, in the middle of our boring summer holidays in La Treille. From then on, our day was filled with unusual commotion as my brother would immediately stage some activity: long hikes in the hills, picnics, highbrow conversations way off our usual chattering.René PagnolMarcel Pagnol's brother
As an exceptional author and filmmaker, he has made films designed to bring us pleasure and happiness.Jean-Charles TacchellaFilm director
I like Pagnol as a filmmaker because his films – as Renoir's or de Vigo's – embrace more genuine moments than life itself. It is for those very moments that I go to the movies.Jean-Charles TacchellaFilm director
I am listening to you, Marcel, go on. I know that you're lying, but I love it.Alida RouffeActress
I am convinced that basically Marseille knows very well what Marcel Pagnol did for it. He depicted the typical man from Marseille as heroic, magnificent and wonderful.Jean DutourdFrom the Académie Française, writer.
Marcel is more demanding with his wife than with any other actor or actress. When we were making Manon, sometimes he would get me out of bed at five in the morning to make some retakes!Jacqueline PagnolMarcel Pagnol's wife
Pagnol's cinema, sincere and genuine, later acknowledged as "the purest ever", has given its first fruits with Jofroi and achieved, for the first time, the masterpiece with Angèle.Raymond CastansWriter
People thought of him as a bedroom farce author, as a regionalist author when he was a great man, a great writer and a great playwright.Jean DutourdFrom the Académie Française, writer
I particularly remember my last day on the shoot of César. There was a very long tracking scene to be shot on the Prado avenue, amidst an unbearable racket of cars, tramways, etc., well, enough to have any director run away! But Pagnol just shot his tracking in this noisy environment, and the scene was later shown on screen exactly as it had been shot. Pierre FresnayActor
Pagnol is powerfully French, powerfully from Provence, powerfully Mediterranean, and that was the very distinctiveness of what he could bring to others. You are universal for what you bring to others. With talent or genius; well, he had both.Maurice DruonFrom the Académie Française, writer
He would never forbid anything to actors. At lunch time, we would discuss the next scene to be shot, he would say: "This happens there", and that was it. The scene had been written for you, and you just had to let yourself go.Robert VattierActor