23 February 2023
The baker’s wife ran away with a shepherd. The baker gets drunk and stops making bread. All the inhabitants of the village – including the legendary enemies, the teacher and the priest – unite to find the baker’s wife. The marquis takes the lead…
Pagnol’s last adaptation of Giono (here a passage from Jean le Bleu), La Femme du boulanger (1938), a musical score for Raimu and orchestra, is undoubtedly the filmmaker’s most famous work.
Each scene has acquired the status of a classic, and it was after seeing this film over and over again, one of his favorites, that Orson Welles asked – too late – to meet Raimu, whom he considered the greatest actor in the world.
“I saw it this morning, on her face, suddenly she loves me with love. And don’t you know what she said to me? She said to me: “If you are a man, find yourself behind the church at five o’clock, with a horse: you will take me wherever you want. “She left her husband, her bakery, her money, her bread. She wants to lose everything for me. At five o’clock behind the church…”Buy online