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The Baker's Wife

Spine #986

Jul 16, 2019

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.37:1 Standard
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

The Baker's Wife

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Original release

Directed By: Marcel Pagnol
Licensor: La Cinematheque francaise
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The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned cinema auteur Marcel Pagnol shine in this enchanting slice-of-life comedy. Returning to the Provençal countryside he knew intimately, Pagnol draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (the inimitable Raimu, praised by no less than Orson Welles as “the greatest actor who ever lived”) snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the director’s abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, The Baker’s Wife is at once wonderfully droll and piercingly perceptive in its depiction of the complexities of human relationships.

  • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles
  • Introduction by Marcel Pagnol from 1967
  • Excerpt from a 1966 interview with Marcel Pagnol for the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps
  • Short French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot
  • An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau


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