Madame, based on Madame Sans-Gene, a vastly popular 19th century melodrama, is a spectacle that recommends to all producers of such pictures this modest list of don'ts.
Don't build a plaster-of-paris Paris.
Don't ask a color-blind chintz merchant to design the costumes.
Don't let anybody say to Sophia Loren while she bats her glued-on lashes and swells her taped-up bosom: "Gee, you're a real person."
Don't let Sophia say, "I think I've twisted my foot," and then disclose the damage by demurely hoisting her skirts all the way to her hips.
Don't let the hero say to Napoleon, when the Emperor names him King of Westphalia:...