Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

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Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#1 Post by FrauBlucher » Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:22 pm

The Baker's Wife

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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.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles
• Introduction by Pagnol from 1967
• Excerpt from a 1966 interview with 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
• New English subtitle translation
• PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#2 Post by tenia » Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:37 am

FrauBlucher” wrote:Trailer
This reminds me : the Compagnie Méditérranéenne de Films - Marcel Pagnol Communication was the one who commissioned the Marseille trilogy restorations but also The Baker's Wife. Both have been released on BD in France too. However, they also commissionned the restorations of Angèle and Regain, which have been released in France on BD just a few days ago. I have of course no clue if Criterion / Janus will get those, but for those interested, it means these 2 movies are also available in restored versions.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#3 Post by Glowingwabbit » Wed Dec 12, 2018 7:42 am

tenia wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 5:37 am
This reminds me : the Compagnie Méditérranéenne de Films - Marcel Pagnol Communication was the one who commissioned the Marseille trilogy restorations but also The Baker's Wife. Both have been released on BD in France too. However, they also commissionned the restorations of Angèle and Regain, which have been released in France on BD just a few days ago. I have of course no clue if Criterion / Janus will get those, but for those interested, it means these 2 movies are also available in restored versions.
Ohhh thanks for the tip. Angèle is my favorite Pagnol film and it's definitely one that desperately needed a restoration. I really hope Criterion decides to pick it up so it can have a wider audience. Any idea if those French blus have English subs?

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#4 Post by tenia » Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:56 am

I have yet to receive Angèle and Regain, but their 2 other releases had English subs, so it is a possibility.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#5 Post by isakorg2 » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:22 am

Looking on Amazon.fr I found both - with release dates of December 28 and the notice, per Google translate, that Amazon doesn't know when or even if it will be available. Also: it comes subtitled in Sanskrit. Surely, a first.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#6 Post by tenia » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:37 am

They have been released already (on Nov 30th exactly), but we're struggling in France too with distributions and supplying some online retailer, and Amazon is particularly suffering from it.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#7 Post by NABOB OF NOWHERE » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:43 am

isakorg2 wrote:
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:22 am
Looking on Amazon.fr I found both - with release dates of December 28 and the notice, per Google translate, that Amazon doesn't know when or even if it will be available. Also: it comes subtitled in Sanskrit. Surely, a first.
Bound to be a big hit in the lamaseries of Nepal I should imagine.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Baker's Wife

#8 Post by FrauBlucher » Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:09 pm

I just watched this. It was my first Pagnol. It was quite wonderful. A very witty, sharp, inciteful film with a great humanity to it. It was also funnier then I expected. The image was terrific. Another release to look forward to.

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Re: 985 The Baker's Wife

#9 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:27 pm

This looks like a great release. For those that haven't seen this or the restoration this is a terrific film that looks absolutely sweet.

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Re: 985 The Baker's Wife

#10 Post by tenia » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:40 pm

Another Pagnol for which the Americans get a more loaded release while we only got a barebones release. This is getting ridiculous.

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Re: 986 The Baker's Wife

#11 Post by schellenbergk » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:05 am

For anyone in the Washington DC metro area (or visiting) - there will be a FREE screening of the digital restoration of "The Baker's Wife" at the National Gallery of Art East Building (on the Mall next to the Capitol) on Sunday May 26 at 2pm.

https://www.nga.gov/calendar/film-progr ... -wife.html
Washington premiere of digital restoration

The books of the popular Provençal writer Jean Giono were a favorite source of material for filmmaker Marcel Pagnol in the 1930s. The Baker’s Wife (La femme du boulanger), arguably Pagnol’s best work, has now been treated to a 4K restoration. The incomparable Raimu stars as the local baker who is devastated when his pretty young wife (Ginette Leclerc) is attracted to a shepherd and leaves the village. Heartbroken, Raimu can no longer bake his famous bread, but luckily the villagers — distressed over the loss of their bread — make plans to lure the wife back to the bakery. (Marcel Pagnol, 1938, subtitles, 133 minutes)
Great way to "preview" the release. . . (who's kidding whom? I'm getting it regardless).

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