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Madame Bovary (1949)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 January 1950 (Sweden)
A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts.

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screenplay), Gustave Flaubert (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jones ... Emma Bovary
James Mason ... Gustave Flaubert
Van Heflin ... Charles Bovary
Louis Jourdan ... Rodolphe Boulanger
Alf Kjellin ... Leon Dupuis (as Christopher Kent)
Gene Lockhart ... J. Homais
Frank Allenby Frank Allenby ... Lhereux
Gladys Cooper ... Mme. Dupuis
John Abbott ... Mayor Tuvache
Harry Morgan ... Hyppolite (as Henry Morgan)
George Zucco ... DuBocage
Ellen Corby ... Félicité
Eduard Franz ... Roualt
Henri Letondal Henri Letondal ... Guillaumin
Esther Somers Esther Somers ... Mme. Lefrancois
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Storyline

French author Gustave Flaubert is on trial for writing the "indecent" novel "Madame Bovary." To prove that he wrote a moral tale, Flaubert narrates the story of beautiful Emma Bovary, an adulteress who destroyed the lives of everyone she came in contact with. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame Bovary und ihre Liebhaber See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Minnelli originally wanted James Mason for the role of Rodolphe, eventually played by Louis Jourdan, but Mason instead took the role of Gustave Flaubert in the framing story. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bovary: This could be a disaster, Emma, these people are aristocrats, I know them, I've treated their servants.
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Referenced in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une histoire seule (1989) See more »

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Magnificent!
29 June 1999 | by Elizabeth-328See all my reviews

This movie is great! Jennifer looks beautiful, and her acting skills are wonderful! I also love the performances by Louis Jourdon and Van Heflin. But what I think adds the perfect touch is the opening court scene with James Mason as the author. Flaubert was really put on trial for his "immoral" book, and I think it's great how they have him narrating this story, as he was trying to prove his innocence. "Madame Bovary" is a must see!

Rating: 10/10


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