Madame Bovary [videorecording] /
The Samuel Goldwyn Company and Martin Karmitz ; a film by Claude Chabrol ; adaptation and dialogue by Claude Belvaux ; directed by Claude Chabrol.
Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films, ©2008.
2 videodiscs (ca. 140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
1417201606, 9781417201600
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Port Washington, NY : Koch Lorber Films, ©2008.
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credits note
Director of photography, Jean Rabier ; editor, Monique Fardoulis ; music, Matthieu Chabrol.
general note
Based on the novel "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert.
Includes bonus documentary: "Isabelle Huppert : playing life" (52 min.)
Originally released as a motion picture in 1991.
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Isabelle Huppert, Jean-François Balmer, Christophe Malavoy.
Bored with her confined life in 19th century France, a woman runs up ruinous debts and has adulterous affairs. When her excessive life catches up with her, she resorts to suicide as her final means of escape.
language note
French dialogue with English subtitles.
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MPAA rating: PG-13.
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DVD, widescreen (1.66:1); Dolby Digital.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2009-01-01:
Prolific screen star Isabelle Huppert turns in another fine performance with her frequent collaborator Claude Chabrol (e.g., Story of Women, La Ceremonie) as the dissatisfied wife in Gustave Flaubert's classic novel. An inconsistent use of narration, some abrupt editing, and an overly languid pace detract from an otherwise well-mounted period piece. A bonus doc looking at Huppert's career provides compensation. For larger collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
Bored with the banalities and emptiness of provincial life in 19th century France, Emma Bovary (Isabelle Huppert) runs up ruinous debts and has adulterous affairs much to the dismay of her husband, the country doctor. Her excessive life eventually catches up with her, and Emma resorts to suicide as her final means of escape.
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Flaubert's Emma Bovary, a village doctor's wife, seeks passion in her lonely life.
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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. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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