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Gustave Flaubert's scandalous, banned, classic novel comes to the screen, the story a beautiful French woman whose passion and will are far too great for her time--Madame Bovary. 1857, France. Young Emma (Jennifer Jones) marries an older widower (Van Heflin) to escape her family, but she soon becomes disillusioned with her marriage and her husband. Drawn first into a passionate, if chaste, relationship with young lawyer Leon Dupuis (Alf Kjellin), then a sexual relationship with an aristocrat Rodolphe Boulanger (Louis Jordan) and finally a desperate affair with Dupuis, Emma realizes that she may succeed in her adultery but she will never be able to escape the stifling prison of her time, class and sex. James Mason stars as the author, Gustave Flaubert, in an introduction and epilogue set during the author's obscenity trial. ...]]>
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DIRECTION: Minelli's keen eye for composing unforgettable scenes is perfectly realized with "Madame Bovary". The ballroom sequence, with its dizzying 360 degree camera angles, is an exasperating metaphor of Emma Bovary's existence and serves as a symbolic foreshadowing of what is to become of her. C'est magnifique!
SCREENPLAY:Robert Ardrey's screenplay is deftly paced and packed full of poignant dialogue.
CINEMATOGRAPHY: As mentioned earlier, the ballroom sequence is amazing-perhaps the most intricate and inspired of its kind in cinematic history. Robert Planck's moody black & white photography make it all possible. Planck captures Emma at the height of all her fantasies--gazing upward at her reflection, being adored and adulated by throngs of male suitors, in an ornate mirror hanging on the ceiling--brilliant composition!!!
ART & SET DIRECTION: All of the Rococco and Baroque grandeur of 1850s France is expertly represented in "Madame Bovary".
COSTUME DESIGN: Costume designer, Walter Plunkett, also known for his Academy Award winning work in "Gone With the Wind", created costumes for Jennifer Jones which rival his masterpieces for Vivien Leigh. Plunkett complimented Jones saying, "She has exquisite shoulders like Vivien Leigh", and further complimented her in the film by designing a show-stopping ball gown that emphasized her "exquisite shoulders", to say the least.Read more ›
What Minnelli so masterfully and ironically captures here is the "dream machine" that drives Madame Bovary (and society) to be dissatisfied with their daily lives, to want and need more and therefore to be perpetually unhappy with what they have. Of course, Minnelli was part of that machine for Hollywood, which is the irony. Here he uses the period-correct analogy of romance novels and magazine ads (and to a lesser extent operas and plays) as vehicles that feed and drive Bovary's dissonance with her reality. (James Mason as Flaubert, too!)
The irony that Flaubert was faulted for denegrating the french woman is fully captured here as well. This version still doesn't get to a real meaty statement of realization that men were not considered immorral or corrupt it they have affairs and forget about their children; but women were. Personally, I think that may have been one of Flaubert's real points - this same behavior would have been tolerated and venerated in a male.
Where this production succeeds so brilinatly over the others I mentioned is in the writing and performance of Emma. She is clearly delineated as being a victim of the commercials of her time - the ultimate consumer, and therefore very identifiable. Jone's own personal charm also factors in here. Her fresh innocence and desire to be liked and to entertain come through the role and make her sweeter.Read more ›
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Loved this movie. it is probably my 2nd favorite Film of the great Jennifer Jones. ( song of Bernadette being the first) the look, the feel of the film seemed ahead of its time... Read morePublished 5 months ago by kelley67
Good movie. Good quality, and if you are Catholic it shows the 'old' "Last Rites ceremony" which is unbelievably beautiful, tender and merciful. Read morePublished 10 months ago by cdsgoddess
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