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Among the bounteous literary and cinematic legacy of Marcel Pagnol, poet laureate of Provence, is a two-volume memoir, My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle. The enormous success of Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring (Claude Berri's 1986 remakes of two Pagnol films from the '50s) encouraged Yves Robert to shoot another Pagnol diptych. Like Garlaban, the great bluff overhanging Pagnol's childhood home, the result is "less than a mountain, much more than a hill." The first part, My Father's Glory, spans Marcel's early years from infancy to preteen. The film keeps faith with its juvenile subject, leaping from one quirky detail of landscape, character, or biography to the next--whatever has caught the child's fancy and lingered in the adult narrator's memory. This makes for episodic storytelling, but it's an appropriate way to reflect childhood experience, and it doesn't prevent Robert from developing loving portraits of Pagnol's nearest and dearest, or paying luminous tribute to the Provençal countryside Pagnol loved. You can almost feel the sunshine, smell the wild thyme. --Richard T. Jameson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Widescreen

Cast

Nathalie Roussel
Didier Pain
Julien Ciamaca

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Yves Robert
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaAug 1, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaG
    EuropeU
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 5, 2002
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