Madame Bovary (1949) Movie Review

By: Alex Phuong (A Toast) –

Madame Bovary is arguably the greatest (but also most controversial) novel ever written.  Gustave Flaubert shook the literary world when he published this “masterpiece” even though he went to court for conceiving such a heinous heroine.  Nevertheless, great writing oftentimes forms the basis for great films, and Madame Bovary remains a black-and-white classic.

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Jennifer Jones once again brings another literary heroine to life after she won an Academy Award for The Song of Bernadette (1943).  Interestingly, Bernadette is a very saintly character while Emma Bovary is corrupt and morally unjust.  This despicable role actually demonstrates the versatility of Jones as a classic Hollywood actress.


Emma Bovary and her devilish nature might have prevented Jennifer Jones from receiving award nominations after the film premiered in 1949, but at least she is an ideal embodiment of such a famous character while looking stylish in gorgeous costumes.

Madame Bovary (1949) Bonus Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time Emma Bovary does anything wicked

Sip a Fancy Cocktail: for the sheer opulence that makes this film look visually grandiose

And Be Careful When Consuming Drinks: as this iconic film adaptation warns viewers about the dangers of decadence as universal facts based on what is perhaps the greatest novel ever written

About Alex Phuong

Alex Andy Phuong earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University-Los Angeles in 2015. His love affair with cinema began after discovering Turner Classic Movies in the summer of 2004. His favorite film director is Woody Allen, and his favorite movie star is Kate Winslet.

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