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The Baker's Wife (1938)
"La femme du boulanger" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  26 February 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Ginette Leclerc ...
Fernand Charpin ...
Robert Vattier ...
Charles Blavette ...
Antonin
Robert Bassac ...
Marcel Maupi ...
Barnabé (as Maupi)
Alida Rouffe ...
Odette Roger ...
Miette, la femme d'Antonin
Yvette Fournier ...
Hermine
Maximilienne ...
Melle Angèle (as Maximilienne Max)
Charblay ...
Arsène, le boucher
Julien Maffre ...
Pétugue (as Maffre)
Adrien Legros ...
Barthelemy
Jean Castan ...
Esprit, un berger
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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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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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Remade as La femme du boulanger (1999) See more »

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incredibly charming story
21 July 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I really liked this movie a lot--especially because it had such a great ensemble cast. This movie was absolutely stuffed to the brim with characters from this community to give the movie great life and charm. In particular, the acting by Raimu as the baker was dynamite. He is a one-namer (like "Cher") that looks like a slightly skinnier Oliver Hardy and manages to use a wide variety of facial expressions and body language to convey so much emotion. When his heart is broken by his philandering wife, you really find yourself feeling for the guy! Overall, it was extremely well-acted and well-written and I strongly recommend it. However, be forewarned that the videotape by Interama Video Classics is VERY poor quality AND they use white subtitles that are often very hard to read. I don't know why, but almost EVERY French film from the 1930s I have tried to watch on video is almost unwatchable due to the degradation of the print. I'm not sure why this is, but it could easily turn people away from classics like this movie, and that would be quite a loss, as Marcel Pagnol who wrote this film was a true artist and master of his medium.


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