Two years before Vincente Minnelli's definitive film version of Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, this Arge...展开ntine version of the Flaubert novel premiered in Bueno Aires. Like the Minnelli film, this Argentine production traces the rise and fall of a bourgeois wife who comes to grief when she recklessly aspires to the finer things in life. And also like the Minnelli film, the earlier Madame Bovary was compromised by censorial intervention, dulling the sociological bite of Flaubert's original. Mecha Ortiz plays the title character in the grand tradition, while her various amours are enacted by Roberto Escalada, Enrique Diosdado and Alberto Bello. So far as critics were concerned, the film was stolen by teenaged newcomer Graciela Lecuba in a supporting role.
A sensitive woman who fell down on account of convencionalism. Her dull life will convey her to a tragic fate. Gustavo Flaubert wrote Madame Bovary in five years' time (1851-1856). It is a realistic and lyric novel,ironic and psychological.Flaubert's landscape plays an important part in his work.The writer was prosecuted for moral damage to show how a woman's desire get free through the passion. The French cinema had made a version with Valentine Tessier (1934).Many years afterward they filmed another picture on the same novel starring Isabelle Huppert. American cinema made two more (J.Jones-1948 and B.Davis a free version -Beyond the Forest- 1948).In this Argentine film the main character is played by Mecha Ortiz who reaffirms to be as in "Margarita. . ." and "Safo" the great tragic and romantic heroine of the 30's and 40's.A luxurious work which has a neat script and language.Valuable costumes and the setting which respects the environment of a French Village in the 19th century.C.Schlipper was a comedy director and man of a very good taste. In drama he got fun by making Ortiz to suffer as Bovary.Magnificent photograph and score. Remarkable A.Bello as C.Bovary. The intensity given by E.A.Diosdado is another high point in this film. R.Escalada plays one of the Bovary's lovers.