Madame Bovary (1933)
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When French-filmmaker Jean Renoir offered his 1934 version of Flaubert's Madame Bovary to the distributors, he was compelled to cut it severely. This was not due to the subject matter, but because Renoir's "director's cut" ran nearly 3 and a half hours! Though Renoir steadfastly defended his choice, Valentine Tessler was much too old for the part of Emma Bovary, a Frenchwoman whose life is ruined because she seeks escape from a boring bourgeois upbringing and an even more tiresome marriage.
Dec 28, 1933 Wide
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Turned out by a capable French director, with an excellent cast at his command, the screen version of the tragic life of the middle-class small-town girl... makes the most of a subject hardly likely to stir the pulses of a modern audience.
Butchered by its original distributor (who cut it by an hour), surviving in a merely adequate print, this is nevertheless superb early Renoir.
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