Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

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Director: Claude Chabrol

Cast: Claude Chabrol, Isabelle Huppert, Christophe Malavoy, Jean-François Balmer

     
 

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Literary critics long regarded Gustave Flaubert's iconic French novel Madame Bovary as unfilmable (despite several attempts by Vincente Minnelli and others to bring it to the screen), but Nouvelle Vague architect Claude Chabrol set out to definitively prove them wrong with this Oscar-nominated feature adaptation from 1991, starring Isabelle Huppert (The…  See more details below

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Literary critics long regarded Gustave Flaubert's iconic French novel Madame Bovary as unfilmable (despite several attempts by Vincente Minnelli and others to bring it to the screen), but Nouvelle Vague architect Claude Chabrol set out to definitively prove them wrong with this Oscar-nominated feature adaptation from 1991, starring Isabelle Huppert (The Lacemaker). Huppert stars as Emma Bovary, a woman whose happiness depends exclusively on elements outside of herself. She spends her days indulging in flights of fancy and endless romantic longings, emotionally estranged from her good-natured but ignorant husband Charles (Jean-François Balmer) a physician whom she married as an escape from her landowner father's farm. Her fate seems poised to change when she meets and falls hard for Rodolphe Boulanger (Christophe Malavoy) - a lover who takes her to bed and then vows to elope with her. Pinning all of her hopes on this, she invests in a traveling costume that she's unable to afford (rendering herself completely in debt with a local millner), and plans to skip town with Rodolphe when the monies come due. Alas, Rodolphe, as it turns out, never planned to follow through with the elopement plans, and promptly abandons Emma, leaving her to face the dire consequences of her foolish decisions.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
Director Claude Chabrol's 1991 version of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary is closer to the source than Vincente Minnelli's Hollywoodized 1949 version, but far less lively and passionate. On the credit side, Isabelle Huppert is flawless as the tragic Emma Bovary. A crude country girl aspiring for the better things in life, Emma marries wealthy Charles Bovary (Jean-Francois Balmer) purely to gain social recognition. Expressing open contempt for her husband, Emma collects lovers like other women collect chinaware. Most of her amours are self-involved boors, which of course was Flaubert's satirical point: in trying to escape her bourgeois surroundings, Emma has merely stepped into a new sphere of pompous phonies. In the end, Emma gives up the security of marriage for a hotblooded affair with someone she genuinely cares about, losing everything--including her life--as a result. Despite Huppert's energetic performance, it's hard to care about what happens to Emma Bovary or anyone else in this film, thanks to Claude Chabrol's cold, analytical approach to the material.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
UPC:
0741952314493
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Koch Lorber Films
Time:
2:20:00

Special Features

Bonus documentary; Isabelle Huppert: Playing Life

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Emma Bovary
Christophe Malavoy Rodolphe Boulanger
Jean-François Balmer Charles Bovary
Jean Yanne Monsieur Homais
Lucas Belvaux Leon Dupuis
Christiane Minazzoli Widow LeFrancois
Florent Gibassier Hippolyte
Marie Mergey Charles Bovary's Mother
Jean-Louis Maury Lheureux
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Monsieur Rouault
Sabeline Campo Felicite
Yves Verhoeven Justin
François Maistre Lieuvain
Dominique Clement Madame Homais
Etienne Draber Master Guillaumin
Jacques Dynam L'Abbe Bournisien
Pierre-Francois Dumeniaud Hivert
Christine Paolini Mother Rolet Nourrice
Thomas Chabrol Vicomte
Henri Attal Master Hareng
André Thorent Doctor Canivet
Dominique Zardi Blind Man
Gilette Barbier Natasie
François Perier Narrator
Julien Dubois Actor
Bernard Mazzinghi Actor
Claude Pascadel Actor
Tina Sportolaro Actor
Jean-Marie Arnoux Actor

Technical Credits
Claude Chabrol Director,Screenwriter
Michele Abbe-Vannier Production Designer
Matthieu Chabrol Score Composer
Yvon Crenn Production Manager
Monique Fardoulis Editor
Corinne Jorry Costumes/Costume Designer
Marin Karmitz Producer
Cecile Maistre Asst. Director
Jacques Mollon Set Decoration/Design
Jean Rabier Cinematographer
Claude Sune Set Decoration/Design
Jean-Bernard Thomasson Sound/Sound Designer
Alain Wermus Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Madame Bovary
1. The Doctor [3:46]
2. Dizzy Spells [6:36]
3. Wedding [3:43]
4. A Growing Detachment [9:51]
5. Humiliated [3:05]
6. New Life [6:28]
7. Berthe [10:22]
8. No Fire in Winter [6:16]
9. Mr. Boulanger [12:25]
10. An Angel's Smile [7:55]
11. Strephanopodia [7:39]
12. Dreams Fallen in the Mud [9:11]
13. Farewell [3:49]
14. Autumn Leaves [1:35]
15. Father-in-Law [7:59]
16. Three Days [7:01]
17. The Document [2:18]
18. Notice Posted [9:09]
19. Arsenic [12:27]
20. End Credits [8:56]

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