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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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Trivia

Was restored in 2016 by La Compagnie Méditerranéenne de Films - MPC with the support of the CNC and Arte France. 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 »

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Featured in One Hundred and One Nights (1995) See more »

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La femme du boulanger review
22 April 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

I must be missing something here: the potential for a gentle, winning comedy amongst the quirky characters of a small village is there, but Pagnol allows the scenes to go on too long, and most of the characters - with the exception of Raimu's baker, who, in his Sunday suit, looks like a fat and ageing Charlie Chaplin - are petty and selfish. The message of forgiveness is commendable, but the act itself comes across as the behaviour of a vulnerable innocent ripe for exploitation.


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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,991
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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