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- kevin sellers
More sexism from ol Hauntess. In this reviewer's male centered world it's women who must constantly "negotiate, honorably or not," with the fate of society hanging in the balance. Guess that leaves us men free to screw around while the women "negotiate". Wonder if HAC would be similarly upset by a male lothario and a female dupe? Sure doesn't sound like it.
Trial By Sentiment
Perhaps Madame Bovary would have refused the sympathetic treatment as received from her creator, Flaubert, knowing her own mind & motive & detriment to the Creator- conscious sector of womanhood & manhood! Maybe she was keenly aware that all women are in the same business by which they negotiate honorably or not, thereby determining the degree of societal intactness or dissolution beginning in their own homes! To extract pity from others because of self-inflicted misery & death at the expense of others is impossible to take seriously no matter how well written or acted the story! Flaubert is guilty as charged save the freeing of care worn Monsieur Bovary & chilld.
- kevin sellers
I yield to no person in my contempt for Hayes Office prudery but I would have to disagree with the previous reviewers who wrote that this film is marred by censorship. Actually, I feel that screenwriter Robert Ardrey and director Vincente Minnelli captured what I take to be the essence of Flaubert's great novel, the irony of a woman willing to commit adultery to escape from the bourgeoisie only to be tripped up and destroyed by her own bourgeois materialism and greed, and they tell this story without disguising or sanitizing the sexual wiles that the thoroughly conventional Emma Bovary uses to try to "climb" from the middle to the upper class. Jennifer Jones, not usually one of my favorite actresses, does quite well in the title role. She is especially good at conveying smugness and vanity. And she does hysteria eerily well, too, as if this emotion were no stranger to Jennifer Jones the person. Van Heflin, playing against his usual man of quiet strength type, is also good as her oft cuckolded, boob of a husband. And Louis Jordan, another actor I usually can do without, is perfect as a callous aristocrat/seducer. So let's give this good adaptation of an immortal novel an A minus (unneeded narration by James Mason, playing Flaubert, and a dull performance from Alf Kjellin as Leon drag down the grade).
Madame Bovary on Criterion Collection DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I think I would consider having this costume drama on Criterion Collection DVD. I like Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan, and James Mason.
- Gary F. Taylor
Gustave Flaubert's 1857 debut novel is frequently described as the greatest work of narrative fiction ever written, the story of a provincial French woman whose frustrated fantasies drive her into a series of adulterous affairs that ultimately destroy her and her family. Director Vincent Minnelli gives the film considerable grace, and leading lady Jennifer Jones gives a remarkable performance, but both are undercut by censorship of day, which prevented anything approaching a faithful rendering of the novel. The end result is style over substance.
Jennifer Jones is tremendous in this adaptation of Flaubert's masterpiece.
many women I know
- Phil Casto
the movie captures the beauty and tragic aspects of ego and vanity .Loved Jennifer Jones . Saw many of the folks I know in real life in the characters in this play.
I only saw the last 30 minutes
- Cockmongler C. Grinface
And I cried.
I loved this film. I haven't seen any of the other versions, nor have I read the book . As just a great movie it delivers beautifully.
I think this is the best film version of the novel Madame Bovary, although it is in black and white it was able to keep my attention the whole time, and I thought the performances by Jennifer Jones and Van Heflin were great. obviously when books are made into movies some parts are changed or omitted, this movie not being an exception, but overall this movie does a good job portraying the book. I would recommend to anyone.
Lavish Selznick production
- Jarrod McDonald
Vincente Minnelli is an interesting choice for director of this film. Jennifer Jones is perfect, but I felt Van Heflin was a tad miscast. Louis Jourdan, however, is exactly suited for his role. And Ellen Corby does a fine turn as a servant. The film works because of its fine attention to period detail. The lavish ballroom scene rivals anything that Selznick created for GONE WITH THE WIND.
Este filme uma obra prima dos anos 40 que com a direo de Vincente Minelli tornou-se um grande classico. Jennifer Jones arrassa em sua interpretao como a Madame Bovary tendo um fantstico desempenho num papel dificil de ser interpretado. Excelente.
Great performance by Jennifer!
I've seen this movie twice now in recent months (the first time was for JJ's memorium in January) and I just love it. I think Jennifer Jone's performance is Oscar worthy. Her character is not someone we are suppose to like or admire, but Emma Bovary is a strong, ambitious and determined woman who did not want to settle for boring small town life, so I love the romance behind the thinking and the behaviour of this woman. Haven't we all dreamed of living in a movie like this, scandalous, but sexy. Of course, the neglect of her little daughter and her good and noble husband is not something to be proud of, which is why Madame Bovary suffers the guilt and shame that leads to the final scenes. Beautiful costumes, great ballroom sequence and wonderful performances by Van Heflin and co-stars. I don't know who won the Oscar in 1949, but Jennifer Jones truly deserved it. I think it is her best performance on film (in the films I have seen of hers). I don't know what Jack is talking about.
I looked forward to seeing this movie bacause I enjoy the work of Van Heflin. I watched about half the movie before I gave up on it, because of Jennifer Jones' performance. I don't know what it is about her but she always impresses me as an actress trying to portray a character rather than coming across as the character, the same thing I find in her performance in "Man in the Gray Flannel Suit".
An excelellent adaption with a stellar performance by JENNIFER JONES worthy of an Academy Award. Expert costumes, especially on Jones and the three male leads. Many set pieces that are memorable such as "The Fair" where Jones and Jordan hide from Madame's husband,"The waiting for the Coach" during a late cold evening, and the early climax at "The Ball" that includes a waltz (Roza) that is breathtaking. A sad and tragic story told with pananche and integrity.