Madame Bovary is a 1949 film adaptation of the classic novel by Gustave Flaubert. A plot device which structured the story around author Gustave Flaubert's obscenity trial was developed to placate the censors.
Minelli's clever film adaptation uses Flauberts defense of scandalous novel to frame plot in screenplay. Were these words actually spoken during trial or written in novel by the author?
Madame Bovary the novel by Gustave Flaubert is now seen as a prime example of Realism, a fact which contributed to the trial for obscenity (which was a politically-motivated attack by the government on the liberal newspaper in which it was being serialized, La Revue de Paris). Flaubert, as the author of the story, does not comment directly on the moral character of Emma Bovary and abstains from explicitly condemning her adultery. This decision caused some to accuse Flaubert of glorifying adultery and creating a scandal.
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RT @norisaxnouvelle: Is it a crime to want things to be beautiful? (Madame Bovary)