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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

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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,991
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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for audience looking for any semblance of a progressive message apropos of a young woman's sexual awakening, THE BAKER'S WIFE is a lost cause
16 October 2019 | by lasttimeisawSee all my reviews

This classic French comedy from Marcel Pagnol is set in a sleepy Provençal village, a new baker Aimable (Raimu) arrives with his much younger wife Aurélie (Leclerc), 5 days in, the latter runs away with the virile shepherd Dominique (Moulin), which leaves the baker devastated, who always considers his wife distinctly asexual, thus is unable to prepare the daily bread for the townsfolk. Mustered by the marquis (Charpin) and the curé (Vattier), the whole village goes out to look for the carnal-knowledge obsessed lovers, when the wife finally returns, a moral tirade is delivered vehemently but in a cunningly oblique fashion by the baker, and once again, peace is resumed in the sleep village.

Noticeably engaging in the location shooting, THE BAKER'S WIFE continues Pagnol's literacy of melding realism and theatrics against the routine studio-bound stock-in-trade, although visibly, the camera movement feels a shade stilted during the exterior scenes, which might also be attributed to the fact that the movie is consisted of a series of long-winded......

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