Madame Bovary (1949)

Director
Vincente Minnelli

Main cast
Jennifer Jones; James Mason; Van Heflin; Louis Jourdan; Alf Kjellin

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts.


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