89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #43 – Fanny (1961)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 43rd review of the 89 chosen Films…


“It’s not dying I mind. It’s giving up life that annoys me.” – Panisse

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A love triangle blooms near the Marsailles waterfront between and young woman, a young man and a much older man.

My Take on it – Here is another film that I knew absolutely nothing about before watching it.

I quite enjoyed the main message of the film; the idea that people are willing to do extraordinary (and sometimes silly) things for love.

Unfortunately, the story itself isn’t as inspirational.

I think that they probably should have left this film as a musical because that would have helped it flow much better instead, we get a somewhat choppy story.

I also think that they kept the story going for too long because there were too many places where it felt as if they were trying to just stretch things out instead of getting to the point.

The chemistry between the characters were quite weak and it was really hard to believe this love triangle story.

This story is a bit darker than one would expect from this kind of premise and it needed things to be a bit more happier along the way for this to have been more effective.

Bottom Line – Didn’t enjoy this one as much as I thought I would.  It’s a bit too long and the characters aren’t as sympathetic as one would hope for.  I did enjoy the way they try and explore what people would be willing to do for love.  I think this might have been a better film had they actually kept it as a musical.  The chemistry between the three main characters is lacking and doesn’t work as well as it should.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Joshua Logan was anxious to replicate the success of Gigi (1958) and according to Leslie Halliwell insisted on a publicity campaign for “Joshua Logan’s ‘Fanny’ “, until the double meaning was explained to him. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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