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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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Director:
Writers:
Gustave Flaubert (based on the novel by)
Claude Chabrol (adaptation)
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Release Date:
25 December 1991 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An impossible task? See more (19 total) »

Cast

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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
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Le docteur Charles Bovary:[after his wife's death] Fate's the one to blame!See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Madame Bovary (1974) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sur le beau Danube bleuSee more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
An impossible task?, 12 January 2004
Author: jonr-3 from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

I agree with the consensus here that this film adaptation is largely unsatisfying. However, I question whether Flaubert's masterpiece can ever be translated graciously to the screen. I suspect that a novel famous for having every word exactly in place, and whose appeal lies as much in the relentless poetic flow of its prose as in the brutally frank psychological characterization of its heroine (and a few other characters!), may be forever out of the reach of other media, and might best be left to pursue its own life on paper.

I also agree that Ms. Huppert's portrayal is cold, but I've always seen Emma as being that way. After all--she's nuts. Crazy people are seldom full of human warmth. Emma Bovary is among the select handful of fictional characters neurotic enough to have given their names to a pathological condition (in this case, bovarism).

It's always possible to admire a movie for its visual beauty, and this one wins hands-down in that category.

But if you want the full impact of the wretched, wrenching story--you have to go back to the book. I applaud Mr. Chabrol for trying, even if he didn't succeed, to make a perhaps impossible adaptation.

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