The Baker

  • Classics

France / 1938 / French with Spanish and English subtitles / 133

  • Director 

    Marcel Pagnol



Small towns are hell to live in and in this particular French village, old resentments run deep, but there’s one thing everyone agrees on: the new baker’s bread is the best. Until his stunning young wife runs off with a younger, better-looking shepherd, leaving the baker in such a state he refuses to fire his oven. The time has come to rally around a common cause and get the baker’s wife back so the town can savor his bread again. This dramatic comedy is laced with realism, unforgettable moments, droll dialogues and double-entendres needed to get around the censors of the day. Behind the candor of this Thirties film is an insightful  analysis of male behavior: the menfolk openly and mercilessly mock the poor baker—played by the great Raimu—but end up expressing solidarity for him. An unjustly obscure classic that deserves to be on everyone’s must-see list.



Marcel Pagnol

Marcel Pagnol

Director, poet, novelist, translator, essayist and playwright, known for La fille du puisatier (1940), Le schpountz (1938) and La prière aux étoiles (1941).