The Baker's Wife
1938, Marcel Pagnol, France, 134 min.
- Fri, Dec 28th 3:30pm
- Sat, Dec 29th 4:45pm
- Sun, Dec 30th 2:00pm
"Bursting with bucolic vigor and sly satirical wit."--Geoff Brown, Time Out London
"It is a long film with a small subject, but the treatment is so authentic that it seems over far too soon, and the acting is superb."--Graham Greene, The Spectator
One of the earliest French-language hits in the U.S., this fondly remembered film has been hard to come by in recent years, making this sharp, more complete, newly subtitled 4K restoration all the more welcome. Novelist/playwright/director Pagnol (whose Marseille Trilogy played here last year) turns once again to his native Provence to tell a story imbued with regional flavor and a deft blend of humor and heartache. Lacking good bread and eye-catching women, a rural village is all agog over the arrival of a skilled baker (Raimu) and his sultry young spouse (Leclerc of LE CORBEAU), but their bliss proves short-lived when the lust-struck lass runs off with a hunky shepherd. The grieving baker's loaves turn as low as his spirits, so the famished villagers set aside their differences to find the wayward wife and persuade her to come home. Orson Welles called Raimu "the greatest actor who ever lived" and, in a 1952 poll, selected THE BAKER'S WIFE as one of the twelve best films of all time. In French with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)