The return of Five Funny French Films classics!

Playwright-turned-auteur Marcel Pagnol (The Marseille Trilogy) draws a vivid portrait of a close-knit Provençal village where the marital woes of a sweetly deluded baker (Raimu, heralded by Orson Welles as “the greatest actor who ever lived”) snowball into a scandal engulfing the entire town. The New York Times said, “certainly no other breed could have told it so cutely, with such disarming good humor, with such tolerance and wit.”

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“A perfect movie.” —filmmaker Orson Welles

“Raimu’s baker is an acting classic – a true tragicomic hero.” —film critic Pauline Kael

“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.” —The New York Times

“The best entertainment to be seen at the moment in any cinema. The treatment is so authentic that it seems over far too soon, and the acting is superb . . . But the human actors are only part of the general setting – the well and the olive trees and the crude, crowded church and the Cercle Republicain with the tin advertisements, and the hunter going out in the dawn with his dog and his gun while the baker sleeps in his trough beside the oven.” —author Graham Greene

“Raimu makes of his conjugal love, of his overpowering grief at his wife’s absence, and of his resulting lapse into outrageous drunkenness, an epic portrait of a man, simple and human, and he gives Giono’s dialogue that poetic translucence which is its just due. . . No review can give a satisfactory explanation of the film’s beauty. Of all films since [Jean] Vigo’s L’Atalante, it remains gratefully in the memory.” —film historian Basil Wright

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Director
Marcel Pagnol
Released
1938
Language
French with English subtitles
Country
France
Running Time
133 minutes
Format
Digital, B/W