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The Baker's Wife (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

A very funny comedy* by director-novelist Marcel Pagnol (author of Fanny, Jean de Florette, and Manon des Sources) from Jean Giono's novel Blue Boy, The Baker's Wife (La femme du boulanger, 1938) is a real charmer full of memorable country folk and featuring a superb leading performance by star Raimu. Orson Welles met Pagnol soon after World War II, hoping to secure an introduction to Raimu, whom Welles regarded one of the greatest of screen actors. When Pagnol informed him that, sadly, Raimu had recently died, Welles reportedly burst into tears.

Like other Pagnol films, novels, and plays, The Baker's Wife is principally concerned with the eccentricities of rural life in southern France, concerns that, for the most part, are pretty universal. The long film (nearly two-hours-fifteen minutes) never wears out its welcome, partly because Raimu is so delig...Read the entire review »

 

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Promise at Dawn
by Oktay Ege Kozak

In the underrated sci-fi punk comedy How to Talk to Girls at Parties, an alien race take their offspring on a sort of pilgrimage to Earth for them to experience life on other planets. Once the trip is finished, it's customary for the parents to eat their children, therefore becoming part of the larger organism. That is, until a human character brings up the possibility of the children forming lives of their own, independent of the alien parents' existence. The aliens of course take this as an affront to tradition, but this high concept sci-fi premise holds up quite a deft mirror to our complex relationships with our parents. In our adult years, do we take on the burden and expectations of our parents, acting like extensions of their own goals and dreams in life, consistently perpetuating a s...Read the entire review »

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