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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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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:
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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:
Version of Save and Protect (1989)See more »
Lucie de LammermoorSee more »


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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful dress design, 4 January 2013
Author: Wendy Yd New Style from Netherlands

The story is slow, but so is the book.

What made this movie for me a good reflection of the original, is Isabelle Huppert acting. I felt her joy, anticipation, misery and over-reactions. It honored the complexity of this character. One part of me wanted to like her and understand her. The casting of her husband was perfect, watching him annoyed me too. The other part wanted to shout "get on with it, woman." Next to the slowness, I disliked the casting of Rodolph because there wasn't a single moment that I liked him but there again, story-wise that wasn't such a bad element.

Although one should mainly rate a movie on film merits, I can't help being a fashion lover. Next to Isabelle Huppert, my other main reason for the 8: the dress design is gorgeous.

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