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The Baker's Wife

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Genres: Comedy, Drama
Starring: Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Fernand Charpin
Director: Marcel Pagnol
Plot Synopsis:

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.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: July 16th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1938
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:134 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:French LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett BowlesIntroduction by Pagnol from 1967Excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television series Cinéastes de notre tempsShort French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shotPLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau