La femme du boulanger (The Baker’s Wife)

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La femme du boulanger (The Baker’s Wife)

  • 1938
  • Directed By: Marcel Pagnol
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 133 Minutes
  1. Thursday, April 6, 2017 7:00 p.m.
Still image from the film The Baker's Wife (La femme du boulanger)
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A classic film of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and baking by French master Marcel Pagnol, The Baker’s Wife revolves around the centrality of bread for a small Provençal village. Marital discord between the baker—Orson Welles declared Raimu the greatest actor in the world for this role—and his wife (a role offered to Joan Crawford) becomes public business when it impacts the staple of the villagers’ diet. This film screening is presented as part of a campus visit by Alice Waters, taking place April 6–7. Behind restauratrice Waters and her world-famous Chez Panisse lies a coming-of-age story that took her to France and introduced Waters to the films of Marcel Pagnol. Indeed Pagnol’s Fanny trilogy set the tone for her modest Berkeley dining experiment and gave it its name. Now, decades later, and as a global spokesperson for real food and “edible education,” Waters presents The Baker’s Wife, the most food oriented film of Pagnol’s opus, as part of her visit to IU. This screening is sponsored by the IU Food Project; the departments of History, French and Italian, and Anthropology; the Institute for European Studies; and IU Cinema. Alice Waters is scheduled to be present. (2K DCP Presentation)