Sunday, October 20, 2013

Waiting for Mia Wasikowska's Madame Bovary?


While I didn't have a clue that 12 Years A Slave was a remake; I knew that Madame Bovary - currently filming - had been adapted before, in fact half a dozen times before. I love the hand colored illustrated poster for the 1949 Vincent Minelli version starring Jennifer Jones as Emma Bovary.  Common practice for the time period but funny when you consider many of the films - like this one - were in black in white.

I hope you have three minutes to spare to catch the trailer below. It's delish. Complete with a melodramatic voice over ...   "Emma Bovary .... this corrupt, loathsome, contemptible creature ...  Emma Bovary ... this woman of insatiable passion ..."  Scroll down to watch.

The other versions Jean Renoir's 1934 film, the Oscar nominated 1991 film starring Isabelle Huppert, a television movie starring Hugh Bonneville and Frances OConnor in 2000 were all shot in the 80's, 90's and 


Wasikowska as Jane Eyre

But back to the current adaptation being directed by Sophie Barthes and starring Mia Wasikowska in the titular role of the very bad Madame Bovary; the beautiful, unfaithful, social-climber wife of the powerful but boring Charle Bovary played by Henry Lloyd Hughes. Ezra Miller is Leon, her young lover, while Boulanger - still to be cast - is her first and most ruthless. Wasikowska wasn't fibbing when she told last month's NYFF crowd that Madame Bovary was set to start shooting in a matter of weeks. Since my first Madame Bovary post, still no sign of who will play Boulanger (PLEASE correct me fi I'm wrong) but CinemaBlend confirms that principal photography has been underway since September 30th on location in Normandy, France.

The film, adapted by Barthes and Rose Barreneche is set for release sometime in 2014.


Trailer for Madame Bovary (1949) starring Jennifer Jones, Van Heflin, Louis Jourdan and James Mason as Gustave Flaubert    running time 3 minutes





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