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Madame Bovary -- In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary)...


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Gustave Flaubert (based on the novel by)
Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Release Date:
25 December 1991 (USA) See more »
In nineteenth-century France, the romantic daughter of a country squire (Emma Rouault) marries a dull country doctor (Charles Bovary)... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
Writing credits
Gustave Flaubert (based on the novel by)

Claude Chabrol (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Michel Bernard 
Matthieu Chabrol 
M.J. Coignard-Helison  (as Maurice Coignard)
Cinematography by
Jean Rabier 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
Production Design by
Michèle Abbé-Vannier 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Mollon 
Costume Design by
Corinne Jorry 
Makeup Department
Jean-Pierre Berroyer .... hair stylist
Sandrine Coraux .... hair stylist
Sandrine Coraux .... makeup artist
Catherine Demesmeaker .... makeup artist
Elisabeth Perchet .... hair stylist
Elisabeth Perchet .... makeup artist
Production Management
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cécile Maistre .... assistant director
Alain Wermus .... assistant director
Art Department
Jean-René Coulon .... property master
Serge Le Puil .... property buyer (as Serge Le Puyl)
Sound Department
Brigitte Grynblat .... sound editor
André Naudin .... foley artist
Gadou Naudin .... foley artist
Philippe Richard .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Cendrine Dedise .... assistant camera
Jean-Marc Rabier .... assistant camera
Dominique Robert .... best boy grip
Alain Tanguy .... electrician
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
Richard Vidal .... electrician
Music Department
Jean-Michel Bernard .... music arranger
Michel Ganot .... conductor
Other crew
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor
Eva Simonet .... press attache

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143 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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In its original French version, one of the masculine voices overheard by Emma during the great Bail sequence is director Claude Chabrol's voice saying: "Mais qu'il en soit fait selon votre desir, ma chere... Lucien!".See more »
Anachronisms: During the ball, the music is "The Blue Danube" by Johan Strauss, composed in 1866. However, the action is taking place in 1837.See more »
Le docteur Charles Bovary:[after his wife's death] Fate's the one to blame!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Why (Not) Brazil? (2004)See more »
Sur le beau Danube bleuSee more »


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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Probably the worst collaboration between Chabrol and Huppert..., 29 December 2006
Author: jeremy-giroux from France

This movie was really deceptive to me. First, I wanted to watch it as I know that Isabelle Huppert and Claude Chabrol have amazing talents. After watching it, I thought that they both failed. I explain myself : Huppert is too pragmatic and cold to play this role. It seems like she plays every single scene as if she knew what kind of effect she will have on the people around. It's quite borrying. Emma Bovary is not Nana (from Zola's novel), she is someone who is not so interested in success, she is far more interested by passions. She is a woman living in dreams and thinking than life can be passionate as novels. I read the novel just a week before and I think that Flaubert describes well the fact that Emma Bovary is only interested in herself, in her feelings and in a "romanesque" conception of love. Huppert is far too pragmatic and not really romantic. Some scenes look "grotesque" as the one when after dancing with the Baron, she almost faints. It looks like Huppert uses a trick, which makes the scene look false. Moreover, she was probably too old to play the part of Emma Bovary (in the novel, Emma Bovary is twenty or thirty, surely not forty years old). Huppert got the part when she was almost forty and she looks too self-assured to play it well. For example, when she says to Rodolphe that she could have given her life for him, she bugles like mad woman though Emma is a passionate and really weak person. By never showing her weakness, Huppert don't find the good way to play this character.An actress like Anne Brochet or, Irène Jacob would have suited for the part perfectly (these two actresses look young enough). Isabelle Adjani would have probably been too passionate and not enough dreamy to play that part. Jeanne Balibar would have been great too. The other problem is in the way the movie is directed. The beginning of the story is all summed-up by Chabrol who doesn't show the fact that Emma Bovary and her husband Charles are far far different. The voice-over is not a great idea to explain that situation... and the fact that these scenes are so short make probably the actors play their part in a kind of caricature of themselves (which is the main problem of Huppert's interpretation). I think that Huppert and Chabrol were probably too confident to make that movie and that's probably why it can be so deceptive. The cinematography is not so intense and it looks like a movie made for TV. It could have been a quite good adaptation for a movie made for TV and released on a week evening but it's really not enough for a Cinema movie, made by two masters of Cinema.

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