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Press Release Criterion Press Release: The Baker's Wife (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Apr 15, 2019 at 7:39 PM.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    The warmth and wit of celebrated playwright turned cinema auteur Marcel Pagnol shine in this enchanting slice-of-life comedy. Returning to the Provençal countryside he knew intimately, Pagnol draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (the inimitable Raimu, praised by no less than Orson Welles as “the greatest actor who ever lived”) snowball into a scandal that engulfs the entire town. Marrying the director’s abiding concern for the experiences of ordinary people with an understated but superbly judged visual style, The Baker’s Wife is at once wonderfully droll and piercingly perceptive in its depiction of the complexities of human relationships.

    FILM INFO
    • Marcel Pagnol
    • France
    • 1938
    • 134 minutes
    • Black & White
    • 1.37:1
    • French
    • Spine #985

      SPECIAL FEATURES
      • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
      • Selected-scene audio commentary featuring Marcel Pagnol scholar Brett Bowles
      • Introduction by Pagnol from 1967
      • Excerpt from a 1966 interview with Pagnol for the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps
      • Short French news program from 1967 revisiting the village of Le Castellet, where the film was shot
      • New English subtitle translation
      • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
      New cover by Manuel Fior

      July 16, 2019
     
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    The price link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
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    Great film! So happy after only having seen this in ancient prints that were cut and not fully subtitled.
     
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    I have to admit I've never seen this but it's always fascinated me because it came up a lot when I was researching first run distribution in New York. This little miracle of a movie opened at the World Theatre on 49th street in early 1940 and played for an ENTIRE year (plus one week!) For a foreign language film, that's an amazing record for the time. It played at the same theater, by the way, that played the New York premiere of DEEP THROAT in 1972 (just as an FYI)
     
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