Pagnol’s legacy
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In the interval between his retirement from filmmaking in 1955 and his death in 1974, Marcel Pagnol solidified his status as a French national icon by reinventing himself yet again in two new modes of storytelling. Pagnol's work returned to the big screen for the first time in over a decade thanks to Daniel Auteuil's remake of La Fille du puisatier. In a larger cultural perspective, the strong renewal of interest in Pagnol over the past two decades can be appreciated as a reaction against the perceived dilution of French national identity in the middle of intensifying globalisation and the creation of a supranational European Union (EU). The purge of social conflict and performance of consensus that characterises nearly all of Pagnol's films has served as a kind of screen onto which French spectators can project their desire to reaffirm the traditional bonds of family, community, and nation.


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