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The Baker's Wife (1938)

La femme du boulanger (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 26 February 1940 (USA)
A small village rejoices at the arrival of a new baker. But when his young wife runs off with another man, he is unable to keep baking and the village is thrown into disarray.

Director:

Marcel Pagnol

Writer:

Jean Giono (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raimu ... Aimable Castanier
Ginette Leclerc ... Aurélie Castanier
Fernand Charpin ... Le marquis Castan de Venelles (as Charpin)
Robert Vattier ... Le curé
Charles Blavette ... Antonin
Robert Bassac Robert Bassac ... L'instituteur
Marcel Maupi Marcel Maupi ... Barnabé (as Maupi)
Alida Rouffe Alida Rouffe ... Céleste, la bonne du curé
Odette Roger Odette Roger ... Miette, la femme d'Antonin
Yvette Fournier Yvette Fournier ... Hermine
Maximilienne Maximilienne ... Melle Angèle (as Maximilienne Max)
Charblay Charblay ... Arsène, le boucher
Julien Maffre Julien Maffre ... Pétugue (as Maffre)
Adrien Legros Adrien Legros ... Barthelemy
Jean Castan Jean Castan ... Esprit, un berger
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Storyline

In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he. She departs with a shepherd the night after Aimable produces his first breads. Aimable is so afflicted that he can not work anymore. Therefore, the villagers, who initially laughed at his cuckoldry, take the matter very seriously (they want the bread) and organize a plan to find Aurelie and to bring her back to the bakery. Written by Yepok

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A story of infidelity related in terms of economics.

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Baker's Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

Le Castellet, Var, France See more »

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$4,991
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Marcel Pagnol's initial choice for the role of the baker was Marcel Maupi, whose frail constitution was more in keeping with Giono's physical description of the character in "Jean le Bleu." See more »

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A warm movie.
18 September 2008 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

This is a movie with a very warm and pleasant atmosphere. It has a childish innocence over it, like basically all these typical genre movies from the '30's seem to have.

It's atmosphere, story and characters make this a very pleasant and entertaining movie to watch. It has a very simple concept, in which a French baker's wife run of with a shepherd, after the first night they moved in to a small village, in the middle of the countryside. After this the baker refuses to make bread anymore. The villagers of course want their daily fresh bread so they together come up with a plan to get her back to the bakery. It all sounds very simple but thanks to its fine storytelling from director Marcel Pagnol it all works out real well. There also is of course more to the story, courtesy of some fine input from the movie its characters and actors portraying them.

It's a well cast movie, with French character actor Raimu in the main lead. The other cast members all have some very characteristic look over them, the way only the French can look. I'm not too happy about the casting of Ginette Leclerc though. She is supposed to be a very pretty woman in the movie but just look at the way Leclerc look...she is no natural beauty. Or perhaps her looks just were the idea of a true beauty, in the France of the 1930's.

It takes a while for the movie to pick up its pace and the movie also tends to drag on a bit in its middle part but in the many parts that the movie finds its right pace, the movie is a great one. It's a real enjoyable comedy, that is not the type of comedy that has some hilarious moments that will make you laugh out loud in it but it's more the type of comedy that tries to constantly entertain. It doesn't fail at that, thanks to the movie its very pleasant atmosphere, simplistic story and likable characters. Especially the movie its last halve, in which the villagers start to undertake action, is just great.

A fun and warm little movie.

8/10

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