MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 16,533 this week

Madame Bovary (1934)

 -  Drama  -  17 November 1934 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 239 users  
Reviews: 5 user

Soon after the death of his first wife (whose dowry was inadequate), Charles Bovary, a country doctor in Normandy, marries Emma Rouault, who is well-endowed in every sense. In her new home,... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel),
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 2428 titles
created 27 Jun 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 12 Jul 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Nov 2011
 
a list of 282 titles
created 26 Oct 2012
 
a list of 8495 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Madame Bovary" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Madame Bovary (1934)

Madame Bovary (1934) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Madame Bovary.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Marcel Dalio, Nora Gregor, Paulette Dubost
Short | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Sylvia Bataille, Jane Marken, Georges D'Arnoux
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A mild-mannered schoolteacher in a Nazi occupied town during WWII finds himself being torn between collaboration and resistance.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, George Sanders
Experiment in Evil (TV Movie 1959)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Mr. Joly, doctor Cordelier's lawyer, is amazed to discover that his client and friend leaves his possessions to a stranger, Opale, a sadistic criminal. He needs this man to prove that people's behavior can be adjusted at will...

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean-Louis Barrault, Teddy Bilis, Sylviane Margollé
Backbiters (1924)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Directors: Albert Dieudonné, Jean Renoir
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Albert Dieudonné, Eugénie Nau
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Shot in three days, this surreal, erotic silent short shows a native white girl teaching a futuristic African airman the Charleston dance.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Catherine Hessling, Johnny Hudgins, Pierre Braunberger
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

During the First World War, two French soldiers are captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Several escape attempts follow until they are sent to a seemingly impenetrable fortress which seems impossible to escape from.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Jean Gabin, Dita Parlo, Pierre Fresnay
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A missionary tries to outwit the U.S. government and smuggle Chinese orphans into the country.

Directors: Bruce Manning, Jean Renoir
Stars: Deanna Durbin, Edmond O'Brien, Barry Fitzgerald
Madame Bovary (TV Movie 1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Director: Pierre Cardinal
Stars: Nicole Courcel, Jean Bouise, André Dussollier
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Directors: Garson Kanin, Jean Renoir
Stars: Claude Dauphin, Burgess Meredith, Philip Bourneuf
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Carl Koch, Jean Renoir
Stars: Imperio Argentina, Rossano Brazzi, Michel Simon
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Pierre Chenal
Stars: Harry Baur, Pierre Blanchar, Madeleine Ozeray
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Dearly ...
Valentine Tessier ...
Pierre Renoir ...
Robert Le Vigan ...
Lheureux (as Le Vigan)
Alice Tissot ...
Charles Bovary's mother
Pierre Larquey ...
Hippolyte (as Larquey)
Monette Dinay ...
Félicité
Louis Florencie ...
Parish Priest (as Florencie)
Romain Bouquet ...
Solicitor
Christiane Dor ...
Madame La François
Georges Cahuzac ...
Rouault (as Cahuzac)
Héléna Manson ...
Héloïse Bovary (as Hélène Manson)
Léon Larive ...
Prefect (as Larive)
Henri Vilbert ...
Dr. Canivet (as Vilbert)
Allain Dhurtal ...
Surgeon
Edit

Storyline

Soon after the death of his first wife (whose dowry was inadequate), Charles Bovary, a country doctor in Normandy, marries Emma Rouault, who is well-endowed in every sense. In her new home, Emma finds conflict with her mother-in-law, a husband uninterested in the social whirl, and general discontentment; thereby proving an easy conquest for philanderer Rodolphe. Other lovers follow. Does tragedy await? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La signora Bovary  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in Cézanne: Conversation with Joachim Gasquet (1990) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mutilated Version of a Tragic Romance
13 March 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In July 1839, in Yonville, the widower countryside Doctor Charles Bovary (Pierre Renoir) marries Emma Rouault (Valentine Tessier), the spirited daughter Mr. Rouault (Cahuzac) that is his patient and farmer in Les Bertaux. Emma has friction with her mother-in-law and sooner she feels bored with the simple lifestyle of her husband. Two years later, during an agricultural fair, Madame Bovary meets the womanizer Rodolphe Boulanger (Fernand Fabre) and they have a love affair. When her naive husband falls in disgrace after an unsuccessful surgery, Emma proposes to travel to Rouen with her daughter Berthe and live with Rodolphe. However, her lover sends a letter to her ending their affair and travels alone. Emma gets ill and during her recovery, November 1942, she travels with her husband to see an opera in Rouen, where she meets the young Leon (Daniel Lecourtois) that becomes her lover. When her debts with the trader Lheureux (Le Vigan) reaches eight thousand francs, Emma shall get a loan to avoid the execution of the pledge.

The original version of the tragic romance "Madame Bovary" by Jean Renoir was reduced from 210 minutes running time to 101 minutes, and this certainly explains the ellipsis in many sequences. I am not sure how the standard of beauty was in 1840s since in the present days the histrionic (that was usual in the period immediately after the silent movies) Valentine Tessier can not be considered a seductive woman like the lead role demands. But checking the article "1940s in fashion" in Wikipedia, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1840s_in_fashion), it seems that the women in those years had her shape. Therefore, Jean Renoir seems to be faithful to the period of the story in a perfect art direction. The remark about Jews in the present days would be considered "politically incorrect". When Madame Bovary meets that old man seeking a loan and pretends to cry, this scene seems to be the source of inspiration to Jane Fonda in "Klute" when she is with her client and sees the hours in her watch. This film was released on DVD in Brazil by Versátil distributor. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Madame Bovary"


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Madame Bovary (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?