Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, April 10, 2010

4:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

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(France/1938—directed by Marcel Pagnol)

French villagers, known for their tolerance in matters of love, can understand a beautiful young wife leaving her husband for a handsome young shepherd. These things happen. But the population becomes alarmed upon learning that the smitten young woman is none other than the wife of the town’s beloved baker, who, upon discovering that she’s left him for another man, is too heartbroken to bake. Aiming pointed barbs at man’s blind self-interest and the church’s righteous indignation, the great writer-director Marcel Pagnol (author of the original story on which the Jean de Florette saga was based) has here created the earthy comedy to end all earthy comedies – a classic tale of sex, hypocrisy and baguettes as wise as it is hilarious. In French with English subtitles. (120 min.)

"The Baker's Wife is a sensuous poem, and one of the greatest films ever made: pagan, poetic and incomparably witty." -The New York Times