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Director:
Writers:
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)
Gustave Flaubert (novel)
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Release Date:
23 January 1950 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
All she wanted was everything. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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(16 articles)
Obit: Why Louis Jourdan Endures
 (From Thompson on Hollywood. 17 February 2015, 11:20 AM, PST)

French Actor Louis Jourdan, Star of 'Gigi' and 'Octopussy,' Dead at 93
 (From Moviefone. 16 February 2015, 8:30 AM, PST)

R.I.P. Louis Jourdan
 (From Dark Horizons. 16 February 2015, 5:52 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jones ... Emma Bovary

James Mason ... Gustave Flaubert

Van Heflin ... Charles Bovary

Louis Jourdan ... Rodolphe Boulanger
Alf Kjellin ... Leon Dupuis (as Christopher Kent)

Gene Lockhart ... J. Homais
Frank Allenby ... Lhereux

Gladys Cooper ... Mme. Dupuis

John Abbott ... Mayor Tuvache

Harry Morgan ... Hyppolite (as Henry Morgan)
George Zucco ... DuBocage

Ellen Corby ... Félicité

Eduard Franz ... Roualt
Henri Letondal ... Guillaumin
Esther Somers ... Mme. Lefrancois
Frederic Tozere ... Pinard
Paul Cavanagh ... Marquis D'Andervilliers
Larry Simms ... Justin
Dawn Kinney ... Berthe Bovary

Vernon Steele ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Man (uncredited)
John Ardizoni ... Lagandy (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Mme. Petree (uncredited)
Charles Bancroft ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jeanine Caruso ... Berthe Bovary, at 15 Months (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Man (uncredited)
Andre Charisse ... Young Man (uncredited)
Fred Cordova ... Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Village Official at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
George Davis ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ... Pimply-Faced Youth (uncredited)
Dickie Derrel ... Urchin (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Jack George ... Opera Conductor (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Guest (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Nosey Boy at Rouault's Home (uncredited)
Karl Johnson ... Drunken Guest (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Speaker at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
Harold Krueger ... Harelip Youth (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Guest (uncredited)
Gracille LaVinder ... Woman (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Young Man (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Woman (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Man (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Servant (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Guest (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Mme. Foulard (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen St. Rayner ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... Guest (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)

Gustave Flaubert (novel)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Larry Germain .... hair stylist: Miss Jones
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator (as Richard A. Pefferle)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harkness Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes: women
Valles .... costumes: men
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Donohue .... choreographer
David O. Selznick .... appear by arrangement with: Miss Jones, Mr. Jourdan and Mr. Kent
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
114 min | Argentina:130 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Portugal:17 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13686) | West Germany:16

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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:
Charles Bovary:I like everything, I suppose that's what's wrong with me.See more »
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Version of Unholy Love (1932)See more »

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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Stupendous, 1 June 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Jennifer Jones is "Madame Bovary" in this 1949 adaptation of Flaubert's novel, directed by Vincente Minnelli and also starring Van Heflin, James Mason, Louis Jourdan, Gene Lockhart, Alf Kjellin and Ellen Corby. The film starts with Flaubert, on trial for indecency. As he defends the book, he tells the story of Emma Bovary, a delusional young woman living on a farm who, from romantic novels, has unrealistic ideas about love and happiness. She nabs a simple country doctor (Van Heflin) and proceeds to buy herself an incredible wardrobe and live as a rich woman, even though she and her husband are not wealthy. She has a little girl whom she ignores, leaving her to the nurse (Corby). Emma soon becomes bored and attempts to seduce a young man (Kjellin), but his mother (Gladys Cooper) catches on and sends him to Paris. Then she meets Boulanger (Jourdan) at a party, becomes his lover and plans to run away with him to Italy - but he sees what high maintenance she is and takes off without her. In an attempt to make her husband more prominent, she attempts to talk him into performing a new surgery, but he refuses (in the book, however, he's ambitious as well and does the surgery, which is a failure). Meanwhile, unbeknownst to her husband, she owes a fortune, and if she doesn't find a way out, the family is due to lose their home and furnishings.

"Madame Bovary" is one of the most stunning films ever made, with a captivating performance by Jones who makes Emma pathetic, desperate, frantic and sympathetic. As one of the comments on the board pointed out, it's easy to make Emma unlikable. With Jones' natural charm making her likable and somewhat sweet, we can see ourselves in Emma. She has great backup from Heflin as her cowed husband. Jourdan is handsome and arrogant - he sees his future with Emma, and he doesn't like it.

Minnelli handles every detail beautifully in this film. Not enough can be said about the waltz at the party, its dizzying effects making it one of the most thrilling scenes on film. When Emma later puts on the same gown and looks in the mirror and remembers that night, we know for her it was the ultimate dream evening, when she become one with the heroines of the novels she read. The gowns - well, there have been beautiful gowns in films - the 1938 Marie Antoinette comes to mind - and, as in that film, these gowns are works of art, particularly the white ball gown. When Boulanger returns from Italy, and Emma goes to see him, she actually looks different - tired and older - the subtlety of the makeup is spectacular.

Though set in France in the mid-1800s, Madame Bovary is a classic because it deals with an ordinary person so dazzled by illusion that she cannot accept anything about her life as it exists. How apropos for today, when the media bludgeons us with multimillion dollar homes, heiresses who go to parties every night, size zero, red carpet premieres - it's hard to be happy when you're a housewife in sweats paying $4 a gallon for gas. Even before films, television, the tabloids and the Internet, people weren't satisfied with their lives because they were told to compare their inside with someone else's outside and found themselves not measuring up.

"Madame Bovary" isn't an immorality tale, it's a morality tale and, of course, Flaubert was acquitted. It's considered one of the two greatest novels ever written, along with Anna Karenina, and it's perfectly adapted for film in the 1949 version - the story of a woman who thinks that shopping on credit till she drops is the way to real happiness. Like many in the 20th and 21st centuries have found, she was wrong.

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