The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned cinema auteur Marcel Pagnol shine in this enchanting slice-of-life comedy. Returning to the ProvenÃ§al 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 âthe greatest actor who ever livedâ) snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the directorâs abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, The Bakerâs 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 CinÃ©astes 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