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Sunday Matinee Classics: Madame Bovary
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 with tragic results. No major American studio had ever attempted to film the novel, fearing censorship constraints, until MGM and director Vincente Minneli took on the task with this superb 1948 adaptation with Jennifer Jones in the title role.
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