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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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Cast

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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 ... Felicite

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

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 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13686) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
The Breen Office opposed the film, saying that it had too many controversies and innuendo; everything from the make-up to the kissing scenes had to be slightly toned down to appease the censors.See more »
Quotes:
Gustave Flaubert:[at his trial] To declare that men have absolute power over truth is blasphemy, and the last delusion. Truth lives forever, men do not.See more »
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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Incorporating the Author, 3 May 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Though I'm sure that the various French dramatizations of Madame Bovary are probably superior to this film, this English language version that MGM did in 1949 is as good as any we would have gotten from Hollywood. of that era. Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan, and James Mason were unfortunately hampered by the Code in this version.

MGM's version incorporates the author right into his story. James Mason plays Gustave Flaubert and the film opens with him on trial for authoring indecent material as the French censors of the day saw Madame Bovary. While on the witness stand defending his work, he tells the story of his creation Emma Bovary, a girl with silly romantic notions who brings tragedy all around because of them.

Jennifer Jones is Emma and imagine Bernadette Soubirous who instead of having a divine experience has the misfortune to have other things peak her interest as an adolescent. She reads a whole lot of romantic novels who give her exaggerated notions about the nature of love.

She lives in a pretty dull town in Normandy which was also where Flaubert himself hailed from and which he satirizes in acid in this work. She marries solid, dependable Van Heflin who's a doctor and who she hopes will give her a better life.

It's in Heflin's character that the Code watered down what Flaubert was trying to say. Here he's an upright guy, a lot on the dull side, but dependable. In the novel he's as much desiring of social climbing as Jones is. In fact in the film he refuses to perform an operation that might gain him fame and success because he knows he's not qualified to do it. In the novel he does the operation and it ends in disaster all around.

Jones takes lovers Louis Jourdan and Alf Kjellin and runs up bills that put Heflin into financial disaster. All the while refusing to face the truth about life and herself.

Given the Code restrictions director Vincente Minnelli does as best as he can with his cast. James Mason makes a brilliant and erudite Flaubert on the stand. But considering he was on trial for indecency by not showing the alleged indecency to the fullest the Code defeated what could have been a classic.

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