Marcel Pagnol’s “The Baker’s Wife ” at THE Rosendale Theatre
Wednesday, May 8th 2019 at 7:15 pm
“A perfect movie” Orson Wells
“One of the very greatest pictures ever made: pagan, poetic, and incomparably witty. If the cinema could only live up to its standards, we should all very soon be spoiled.” Frank Nugent, NY Times
“Flagrantly unfashionable, but bursting with bucolic vigor and and sly, satirical wit.” Geoff Brown, Time Out
Originally titled La Femme du Boulanger, French filmmaker Marcel Pagnol returns once again to the Procencal countryside he knew intimately. The Baker’s Wife is an enchanting slice-of-life comedy from 1938. The peace of a Provençal village is shattered when the baker’s beautiful, and bored wife runs off with a handsome shepherd who is a distinct contrast to her middle aged husband Raimu, who sports a rather “lived in look”. In his despair, Raimu (the only baker in town) becomes heartbroken and can no longer bake. The villagers organize themselves to bring the wife back to her husband and so regain their daily bread. An amusing satire about life in a tiny town and the warmth and wit of auteur Pagnol shines through this droll and perceptive examination of relationships and their complications.
The Rosendale Theatre Collective, a 501©(3) nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the historic Rosendale Theatre and enhancing the cultural life and economic vitality of Rosendale and Ulster County.
“The Baker’s Wife” is made possible by the generosity of
“The Bakery” – New Paltz & “Le Canard Enchaine” - Kingston