|The Baker's Wife|
Marcel Pagnol (France,1938)
Most critics consider The Baker’s Wife the greatest film of Marcel Pagnol, the dramatist of the Provence - whose humor, compassion, and neo-pagan philosophy are embodied in a host of memorable characters and expressed through archetypal tragi-comic situations from the daily life of the village and waterfront communities of Pagnol’s native region. The Baker’s Wife is largely a vehicle for the great Raimu (who played Cesar in the Fanny trilogy), whose performance justifies Orson Welles’ succinct estimate that “Raimu is the greatest actor in the world.” A classic of cuckoldry as powerful and poignant as The Blue Angel or The Naked Night, The Baker’s Wife is also a profoundly warm and funny comedy.
• Written and Directed by Marcel Pagnol. Based on a novel by Jean Giono. With Raimu, Ginette Leclerc, Charles Maulin, Robert Vattier, Charpin. (1938, 110 mins, 35mm, English titles, Print Courtesy of Images)
• Please note: There will be a ticket raffle at the 4:30 showing. The prize is dinner for two right after the film at Chez Panisse Restaurant, 1517 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.
Chez Panisse, which is named after a Pagnol character played by Charpin in the Fanny trilogy, will offer a special “Baker’s Wife” dinner on March 10 in honor of our showing. Those wishing to dine at Chez Panisse after the 4:30 or 7:00 showings, or before the 9:30 showing, should call 548-5555 for information on the menu and for reservations.