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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, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
National Board of Review Raimu Best Acting 1940 Winner

Cast

Raimu
as Aimable, the baker
Ginette Leclerc
as Aurelie, The Baker's Wife
Charles Moulin
as Dominique, the Shepherd
Robert Vattier
as The Curate
Fernand Charpin
as The Marquis
Edouard Delmont
as Maillefer
Charles Blavette
as Antonin

Crew

Marcel Pagnol
Director
Robert Hakim
Producer
Raymond Hakim
Producer
Marcel Pagnol
Screenwriter
Vincent Scotto
Composer (Music Score)
Marguerite Renoir
Editor
Jean Giono
Short Story Author
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