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La Femme du boulanger (The Baker's Wife) (1938)

La Femme du boulanger (The Baker's Wife) (1938)

La Femme du boulanger (The Baker's Wife)

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The Baker's Wife (La Femme de Boulanger), though based on a novel by Jean Giono, was specially tailored by writer/director Marcel Pagnol for the talents of the incomparable Raimu. The star plays the new baker in the French community of Provence. One of Raimu's first customers is shepherd Charles Moulin, who is immediately smitten by the middle-aged baker's young, toothsome wife Ginette LeClerc. In short order, Ginette runs off with Moulin, a turn of events that the stubborn Raimu refuses to acknowledge. As he grows more taciturn, he neglects his work, and soon the whole village anxiously awaits the wife's return, else they'll never see another loaf of bread. The local Marquis (Charpin) takes matters in hand by leading the townsfolk in a search party for the wayward wife. The charms of The Baker's Wife are both captivating and fragile; an attempt in 1976 to turn the property into a Broadway musical proved the fragility by ignoring the charm. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jean Giono
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Box Office: $1.1M
Runtime:

Cast

Raimu
as Aimable the baker
Ginette Leclerc
as Aurelie The Baker's ...
Charles Moulin
as Dominique the Shephe...
Fernand Charpin
as The Marquis
Robert Vattier
as The Curate
Marcel Maupi
as Barnabe
Alida Rouffe
as The priest's servant
Charles Moulton
as Dominique the Shephe...
Robert Brassac
as The Schoolteacher
Edouard Delmont
as Maillefer
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this was probably overrated by its defenders at the time, but it still manages to deliver its share of chuckles.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Time Out
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New York Times
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August 27, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Austin Chronicle

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