MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 19,647 this week

Madame Bovary (1949)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  23 January 1950 (Sweden)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 1,674 users  
Reviews: 32 user | 15 critic

A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts.

Director:

Writers:

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

On Disc

at Amazon

IMDb Picks: May

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in May, sponsored by COVERGIRL.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 20 Mar 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 09 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 23 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Madame Bovary" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Madame Bovary (1949)

Madame Bovary (1949) on IMDb 7.1/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Madame Bovary.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Monsieur Jourdain is a dangerous madman : he wants to share his fortune! His relatives do what any sensible fellow on earth would do: they have him committed to a mental hospital. But ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel L'Herbier
Stars: Michel Simon, Ramon Novarro, Jacqueline Delubac
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In order to recover his ship impounded by the British,former pirate captain LaRochelle agrees to spy on the notorious Caribbean Sea pirates Blackbeard and Anne Providence.

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Stars: Jean Peters, Louis Jourdan, Debra Paget
The Cobweb (1955)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

At an exclusive psychiatric clinic, the doctors and staff are about as crazy as the patients. The clinic head, Dr. Stewart McIver, thinks that it would be good therapy for his patients to ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After spending three years in an asylum, a washed-up actor views a minor assignment from his old director in Rome as a chance for personal and professional redemption.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Kirk Douglas, Edward G. Robinson, Cyd Charisse
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Micheline Chevassu is a young, naive woman living in an orphanage. Through classified ads, she has a date with an unknown man. She escapes from the orphanage to go to it, dreaming of the ... See full summary »

Director: Henri Decoin
Stars: Danielle Darrieux, Rosine Luguet, Gabrielle Dorziat
Dark Journey (1962)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The story of a married man, Paul Gueret, who finds himself drawn to a young laundry worker, Angele. However, when he finds out she is also his employer's mistress, in a furious rage he might do things he'll regret in the future.

Director: Léonard Keigel
Stars: Louis Jourdan, Lilli Palmer, Marie Laforêt
Twilight (1944)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Claude Dauphin, Micheline Presle, Louis Jourdan
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Marcel L'Herbier
Stars: María Denis, Louis Jourdan, Giselle Pascal
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Spring inspires lessons in love and life for a French family in 1920s Ottawa, especially for teenage Robert, who's blind to the attentions of an American neighbor girl, because he's ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles Boyer, Louis Jourdan, Marsha Hunt
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Island princess falls for a visiting Frenchman, but her people are against it.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan, Jeff Chandler
Le corsaire (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Michèle Alfa, Marcel André, Charles Boyer
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Alf Kjellin ...
Leon Dupuis (as Christopher Kent)
...
Frank Allenby ...
...
...
Mayor Tuvache
...
Hyppolite (as Henry Morgan)
George Zucco ...
DuBocage
...
Félicité
...
Roualt
Henri Letondal ...
Guillaumin
Esther Somers ...
Mme. Lefrancois
Edit

Storyline

French author Gustave Flaubert is on trial for writing the "indecent" novel "Madame Bovary." To prove that he wrote a moral tale, Flaubert narrates the story of beautiful Emma Bovary, an adulteress who destroyed the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

All she wanted was everything. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 January 1950 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Madame Bovary und ihre Liebhaber  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Vincente Minnelli wanted Lana Turner for the role of Emma, but Turner found the script dull and flat, refusing to accept the role; she was also pregnant at the time, another reason for her turning it down. Jennifer Jones was cast instead. See more »

Quotes

Gustave Flaubert: Forgiveness is still, as I understand it, among the Christian sentiments.
See more »

Connections

Version of Madame Bovary (1974) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The best of three
15 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Films of great novels are usually light years away in terms of quality from their originals. There are of course a few exceptions, the David Lean Dickens adaptations for instance and recently a Neil Jordan version of Graham Greene's "The End of the Affair" that I much admired. Generally it is second rate literature, "Gone WIth the Wind" a prime example, that fares so much better. Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" has continued through the history and development of cinema and TV to exert its fascination on would-be translators, although it has to be admitted that it has generally proved elusive. One would have thought that it would have fared particularly well in the hands of outstanding French directors such as Renoir and Chabrol but their efforts to come to grips with Flaubert's masterpiece have ultimately to be judged as among their lesser works. There is quite a lot going for Jean Renoir's early 1933 version, not least the authentic Normandy exteriors shot with great affection, but technically the film shows its age. It is rather like a series of tableaux, some in themselves quite well done, but ultimately lacking a strong narrative thrust and sense of cohesion. Nevertheless I remember being more impressed with it than with Claude Chabrol's 1991 version which I found surprisingly cold and passionless. I admit I have only seen this once and my memory of it is far from clear, perhaps because it grabbed me so little at the time. It may seem rather preposterous to award the accolade for the best "Bovary" to Vincente Minnelli's Americanised 1949 MGM version with its studio mock-up of a French village that seems more of a Flanders lookalike and some location work clearly done in Californian woodland, but, in the absence of so little competition, I would have to plump for it as being certainly the most enjoyable. After all it has that quite exquisite beauty, Jennifer Jones, as the eponymous heroine, suffering and eventually dying as tenderly as only she can. My favourite memory from the film is her first appearance on the farm where Doctor Bovary is calling to tend to her sick father. There she is in a setting of all too believable rural squalor decked out in the most unbelievably opulent dress imaginable. If nothing else it makes Bovary's initial besottedness with her absolutely credible. Minnelli's is a rather sanitised adaptation. Okay to have the heroine die beautifully once the initial agony of taking poison has been established, but the inevitable outcome of a botched operation on a villager's clubfoot - amputation - is, unlike in the novel and other versions, evaded by the doctor's refusal to take on the medical challenge. It makes for rather more comfortable box-office. There are some beautifully done scenes including the almost obligatory inclusion in a Hollywood period piece of a ballroom sequence. The one here has the hedonistic movement that is everything we had come to expect from "The Great Waltz" onwards. There is also the heroine's wait, her bags fully packed in a windswept street after dark for the lover that never comes. Wyler did it rather better in "The Heiress" but Minnelli's has plenty of atmosphere. His version may be even further than its competitors from Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" but he invests it with enough passion and commitment to ensure it a small place in Hollywood history.


36 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What a supremely selfish woman!!!! SusanJL
why make the novel into a film? phil_manic
Emma Bovary's ball gown boudica10
Is Jennifer Jones in the court scene at the end? JB-36
Anyone Notice? xQUIETxBLUESx
Jennifer Jones star52-2
Discuss Madame Bovary (1949) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?