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La femme du boulanger
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26 February 1940 (USA) See more »
A story of infidelity related in terms of economics.
In this little Provencal village, a new baker, Aimable, settles down. His wife Aurelie is beautiful and much younger than he... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... L'instituteur
Marcel Maupi ... Barnabé (as Maupi)
Alida Rouffe ... Céleste, la bonne du curé
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
Marius Roux ... Un messager
Tyrand ... Un messager
Gustave Merle ... Le Papet
Paul Dullac ... Casimir, le buraliste
Charles Moulin ... Dominique, le berger
Édouard Delmont ... Maillefer dit Patience

Directed by
Marcel Pagnol 
Writing credits
Jean Giono (novella "Jean le Bleu")

Marcel Pagnol  scenario and dialogue (uncredited)

Produced by
Charles Pons .... executive producer
Marcel Pagnol .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Vincent Scotto 
Cinematography by
Georges Benoît  (as G. Benoit)
Film Editing by
Suzanne de Troeye 
Production Management
Leon Bourrely .... assistant production manager
Henri Garzia .... unit manager
Charles Pons .... production manager
Sound Department
Etienne Fabre .... assistant sound (as E. Fabre)
Marcel Lavoignat .... sound (as M. Lavoignat)
R. Privat .... assistant sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Corbeau .... still photographer (as R. Corbeau)
Henri Daries .... assistant camera (as H. Daries)
Roger Ledru .... second camera operator (as R. Ledru)
Editorial Department
Suzanne Cabon .... assistant editor
Marguerite Renoir .... assistant editor
Jeanne Rongier .... assistant editor
Music Department
Georges Sellers .... conductor
Other crew
Albert Assouad .... technical advisor: bakery operations
Suzanne de Troeye .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"La femme du boulanger" - France (original title)
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133 min | West Germany:97 min
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The film is mentioned in the novel 'Catcher In The Rye' by J.D. Salinger.See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A warm movie., 18 September 2008
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

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.


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