The Baker's Wife

75
  • NR
  • Genre(s): Comedy Drama
  • Release year: 1938
  • Running time: 133 min
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... read more

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 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.

Original Release

09/07/1938

US Release

02/26/1940

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Cast

Raimu Aimable Castanier
Ginette Leclerc Aurélie Castanier
Charles Moulin Dominique, le berger
Fernand Charpin Le marquis Castan de Venelles / The Marquis Castan de Venelles
Robert Vattier Le curé / the priest
Alida Rouffe Céleste, la bonne du curé / Céleste, the good priest
Charles Blavette Antonin
Robert Bassac L'instituteur / the teacher
Marcel Maupi Barnabé
Odette Roger Miette, la femme d'Antonin / Miette, wife of Antoninus
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Marcel Pagnol

Writers

Jean Giono, Marcel Pagnol

Cast

Raimu Aimable Castanier
Ginette Leclerc Aurélie Castanier
Charles Moulin Dominique, le berger
Fernand Charpin Le marquis Castan de Venelles / The Marquis Castan de Venelles
Robert Vattier Le curé / the priest
Alida Rouffe Céleste, la bonne du curé / Céleste, the good priest
Charles Blavette Antonin
Robert Bassac L'instituteur / the teacher
Marcel Maupi Barnabé
Odette Roger Miette, la femme d'Antonin / Miette, wife of Antoninus
Yvette Fournier Hermine
Maximilienne Melle Angèle
Charblay Arsène, le boucher / Arsène, the butcher
Julien Maffre Pétugue
Adrien Legros Barthelemy
Jean Castan Esprit, un berger / Esprit, a shepherd
Marius Roux Un messager / A messenger
Tyrand Un messager / A messenger
Gustave Merle Le Papet
Paul Dullac Casimir, le buraliste / Casimir, the tobacconist

Producers

Charles Pons Executive Producer
Marcel Pagnol Producer

Editors

Suzanne de Troeye

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