The Sins Of Madame Bovary - 1969 - 6/10
AKA - I Peccati di Madame Bovary
Florid adaptation dispenses with Charles’ first marriage, courtship and marriage to Emma, and opens as Emma is already bored to tears with her unassuming provincial doctor husband.
And with poor country patients who pay with vegetable and chickens.
Those will not buy the gorgeous gowns and jewelry she eagerly desires.
Narrative is fairly faithful to Flaubert’s masterpiece, and the film boasts stunning costumes, lavish interiors, lush outdoors. In fact, I wondered if this was Technicolor (it was Eastmancolor).
Then there is Edwige Fenech, who plays Emma.
No dewy eyed ingenue here, the voluptuous Fenech exudes sensuality and experience.
Her wardrobe is sheer, or cascades to the floor easily, or is designed to highlight her twins.
To be honest, much as I enjoyed this version, she is a potent distraction.
And yet … I can imagine many males asking, “And your point?”