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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 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

Certificate:

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

After WWII, Orson Welles came to see director Marcel Pagnol, told him he saw the movie and he would like to meet Raimu, "the greatest actor in the world" according to Welles. Pagnol answered Raimu recently died and Welles burst into tears. (Source: "Confidences" by Pagnol.) See more »

Goofs

At their lunch table, the priest pours himself a glass of wine and while he's still holding the bottle, the scene cuts to the marquis who picks up the bottle from the table to pour his own glass. See more »

Connections

Remade as La femme du boulanger (1999) See more »

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The best of the Pagnol films
24 January 1999 | by PeekieSee all my reviews

My favourite of all the Pagnol films, including the recent ones, due to the timeless, moving performance by the great Raimu as the lovelorn baker. The French stars of that period have never been surpassed as character actors, and for this film the writer was a great character author.


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