Madame Bovary (1949)

Madame Bovary





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Movie Info

MGM circumvented the censorship that would otherwise have prevented a film version of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary by adding a prologue and epilogue that assured any and all bluenoses that the story was strictly a work of fiction. James Mason appears as Flaubert, defending his inflammatory novel before a French jury. Thus, the tragedy of Emma Bovary (Jennifer Jones) is offered as a product of Flaubert's imagination, rather than a real-life story. The body of the film concerns Emma's attempt … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Gustave Flaubert, Robert Ardrey
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2007


as Emma Bovary

as Gustave Flaubert

as Charles Bovary

as Rodolphe Boulanger

as Leon Dupuis

as J. Homais

as Mme. Dupuis

as Mayor Tuvache

as Hyppolite

as Dubocage

as Felicite

as Roualt

as Guillaumin

as Mme. Lefrancois

as Marquis D'Andervilli...

as Mother Superior

as Presiding Judge

as Bailiff

as Mme. Petree

as Mme. Foulard

as Harelip Youth

as Drunken Guest

as Young Man

as Guest

as Young Man

as Berthe (age 15 month...

as Young Man

as Servant

as Mons. Canivet

as Pimply-faced Youth

as Innkeeper

as Opera Singer

as Leon Dupuis [Kjellin...

as Hyppolite
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Critic Reviews for Madame Bovary

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Grim melodrama, about the horrors of debt and living beyond your means.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Classic Film and Television

One of Minnelli's most personal works, a film that embodies the glossy look of MGM and yet offers subversive interpretation of the classic novel, its modern heroine and the notion of romantic love.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007

January 12, 2007
Denton Record-Chronicle

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Madame Bovary

A very interesting story, it makes me want to read the book too. The actors are great in this movie as well. I liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

High gloss MGM version of Flaubert tradegy. Not bad but not terribly compelling either. The ball is without a doubt the best scene, if only the rest was as captivating.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I got bored during parts of the book and it's obvious that this movie skips over some of those parts, which can be a little confusing but I liked it a good deal.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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