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Madame Bovary (1934)

Soon after the death of his first wife (whose dowry was inadequate), Charles Bovary, a country doctor in Normandy, marries Emma Rouault, who is well-endowed in every sense. In her new home,... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Gustave Flaubert (novel), Jean Renoir
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Dearly ... Homais
Valentine Tessier Valentine Tessier ... Emma Bovary
Pierre Renoir ... Charles Bovary
Robert Le Vigan ... Lheureux (as Le Vigan)
Alice Tissot Alice Tissot ... Charles Bovary's mother
Pierre Larquey ... Hippolyte (as Larquey)
Monette Dinay ... Félicité
Louis Florencie Louis Florencie ... Parish Priest (as Florencie)
Romain Bouquet Romain Bouquet ... Solicitor
Christiane Dor Christiane Dor ... Madame La François
Georges Cahuzac Georges Cahuzac ... Rouault (as Cahuzac)
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Héloïse Bovary (as Hélène Manson)
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Prefect (as Larive)
Henri Vilbert Henri Vilbert ... Dr. Canivet (as Vilbert)
Allain Dhurtal Allain Dhurtal ... Surgeon
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Soon after the death of his first wife (whose dowry was inadequate), Charles Bovary, a country doctor in Normandy, marries Emma Rouault, who is well-endowed in every sense. In her new home, Emma finds conflict with her mother-in-law, a husband uninterested in the social whirl, and general discontentment; thereby proving an easy conquest for philanderer Rodolphe. Other lovers follow. Does tragedy await? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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MADAME BOVARY (Jean Renoir, 1933) **1/2
6 June 2007 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Drastically reduced by more than half its length (the original cut ran for an incredible three-and-a-half hours), this is still an artfully directed but rather cold adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s famous novel which is, unfortunately, marred by unsympathetic leads; Valentine Tessier is perhaps too old for the title role and she resorts to rather extreme histrionics at particularly strenuous points in the narrative. From the rest of the cast, those who come off best are Renoir’s own brother, Pierre (playing the cuckolded Monsieur Bovary), Max Dearly (as Bovary’s anti-clerical friend) and Pierre Larquey (as Hippolyte, a man on whom ambitious country doctor Bovary operates unsuccessfully).

An undeniable sense of anti-clericalism permeates the film both through the character of Homais (who is often seen discussing philosophical aspects with the Parish Priest) and especially during the scene in which Emma tries to confide her emotional turmoil to the oblivious Parish Priest. Having already brought NANA to the screen in 1926, Renoir would adapt yet another celebrated feminist work in the following decade, Octave Mirbeau’s THE DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (1946), a little-seen adaptation which is not only among the best films Renoir made during his wartime exile in Hollywood but which I actually prefer to Luis Bunuel’s 1964 version!

Furthermore, I have watched two other cinematic renditions of MADAME BOVARY by great directors - Vincente Minnelli’s in 1949 with Jennifer Jones in the title role (which I have recently acquired on DVD via Warner Bros.’ “Literary Classics Collection” set) and the 1991 one helmed by Claude Chabrol (whom I met very briefly at the 2004 Venice Film Festival) with Isabelle Huppert as the eponymous heroine. According to the IMDb, there are at least 11 more of them, including a German one in 1937 with Silent film star Pola Negri and two which, judging from the snippets shown on the “After Hours” programme preceding this Italian TV screening of the Renoir version, seem quite intriguing: another German production in 1969 with, of all people, Edwige Fenech(!) and one made for Italian TV with Carla Gravina.


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Language:

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Release Date:

17 November 1934 (USA) See more »

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