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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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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 .... second 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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Did You Know?

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 »
Alexander Quadrille, op 33See more »


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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Unnecessary Remake of a Tragic Romance, 1 January 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Nineteenth Century, the widower countryside Doctor Charles Bovary (Jean-François Balmer) meets Emma Rouault (Isabelle Huppert), the spirited daughter Mr. Rouault (Jean-Claude Bouillaud) that is his patient and farmer, and sooner they get married to each other. They move to Tostes and sooner Emma feels bored with the simple lifestyle of her husband. Charles moves to Yonville to please his wife and she feels astonished with the ball of the Marquee. During an agricultural fair, Madame Bovary meets the womanizer Rodolphe Boulanger (Christophe Malavoy) that seduces her and they have a love affair.

When her naive husband falls in disgrace after an unsuccessful surgery of the clubfoot Hippolyte (Florent Gibassier), Emma despises him. She meets Boulanger with more frequency and spends a large amount using the credit with the Merchant Lheureux (Jean-Louis Maury) expecting to leave Charles and travel with Boulanger to Rouen. However, her lover sends a letter to her ending their affair and travels alone.

Emma gets ill and during her recovery, she travels with her husband to see an opera in Rouen, where she meets the young Leon Dupuis (Lucas Belvaux) that becomes her lover. When her debts with the trader Lheureux reaches eight thousand francs, Emma tries unsuccessfully to get a loan to avoid the execution of the pledge. Hopeless, she takes a dramatic ultimate decision.

I had seen "Madame Bovary" by Claude Chabrol for the first time on 14 May 2000 and I found it a great version of the Gustave Flaubert's novel.

However the magnificent original version of 1933 of the tragic romance "Madame Bovary" by Jean Renoir was released in Brazil a couple of years ago on DVD and I have recently seen it.

Today I have just watched again the very well made 1991 version of "Madame Bovary" on DVD, but after watching the Jean Renoir's version, I found Chabrol's remake absolutely unnecessary since it does not add anything to the 1933 first version. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Madame Bovary"

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