The Baker's Wife

The Baker's Wife

Director: Marcel Pagnol Cast: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Charles Moulin

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Overview

The Baker's Wife (La Femme de Boulanger), though based on a novel by Jean Giono, was specially tailored by writer/director Marcel Pagnol for the talents of the incomparable Raimu. The star plays the new baker in the French community of Provence. One of Raimu's first customers is shepherd Charles Moulin, who is immediately smitten by the middle-aged baker's young, toothsome wife Ginette LeClerc. In short order, Ginette runs off with Moulin, a turn of events that the stubborn Raimu refuses to acknowledge. As he grows more taciturn, he neglects his work, and soon the whole village anxiously awaits the wife's return, else they'll never see another loaf of bread. The local Marquis (Charpin) takes matters in hand by leading the townsfolk in a search party for the wayward wife. The charms of The Baker's Wife are both captivating and fragile; an attempt in 1976 to turn the property into a Broadway musical proved the fragility by ignoring the charm.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/16/2019
UPC: 0715515232111
Original Release: 1938
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:14:00
Sales rank: 5,163

Special Features

New selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles Introduction by Pagnol from 1967 Excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps Short French news program from 1976 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Raimu Aimable, the baker
Ginette Leclerc Aurelie, The Baker's Wife
Charles Moulin Dominique, the Shepherd
Fernand Charpin The Marquis
Robert Vattier The Curate
Maximilienne Actor
Maupi Barnabe
Odette Roger Miette
Alida Rouffe The priest's servant
Robert Brassac The Schoolteacher
Charles Blavette Antonin
Edouard Delmont Maillefer
Julien Maffre Petugne

Technical Credits
Marcel Pagnol Director,Screenwriter
Georges Benoit Cinematographer
Henri Daries Cinematographer
Suzanne de Troeye Editor
Raymond Hakim Producer
Robert Hakim Producer
Roger Ledru Cinematographer
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Vincent Scotto Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Baker's Wife (Criterion Collection)
1. Village Of Idiots
2. The New Bakery
3. Night Music
4. Escape
5. Missing Wife
6. "A Scentless Flower"
7. Scandal And Sermon
8. No More Bread
9. The Hen Pheasant
10. Search Party
11. Friendship
12. The Fisherman's Tale
13. "A Devil's Body"
14. Lost Sheep
15. Pomponette Returns

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