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Madame Bovary

1949, Romance, 1h 55m

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Based on the French literary classic, this drama presents author Gustave Flaubert (James Mason) narrating his tale of infidelity and narcissism. After marrying small-town doctor Charles Bovary (Van Heflin), Emma (Jennifer Jones) becomes tired of her limited social status and begins to have affairs, first with the young Leon Dupuis (Christopher Kent) and later with the wealthy Rodolphe Boulanger (Louis Jourdan). Eventually, however, her self-involved behavior catches up with her.

Cast & Crew

Van Heflin
Charles Bovary
Louis Jourdan
Rodolphe Boulanger
James Mason
Gustave Flaubert
Gladys Cooper
Mme. Dupuis
John Abbott
Mayor Tuvache
Esther Somers
Mme. Lefrancois
Edith Evanson
Mother Superior (uncredited)
Edward Keane
Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Paul Bryar
Bailiff (uncredited)
Constance Purdy
Mme. Foulard (uncredited)
Paul Cavanagh
Marquis D'Andervilliers
Robert Ardrey
Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
Robert H. Planck
Cinematographer
Ferris Webster
Film Editing
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    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
  • Aug 27, 2009
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Mar 03, 2009
    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 J Super Reviewer

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