Cinema: Adagio Funereo

Moderate Cantabile is a French movie made by an Englishman, Director Peter Brook (Lord of the Flies). Surprisingly, it seems an authentic French movie; unhappily, it is not a very good one. Based on a novel by Marguerite Duras, Moderate retells the sad tale of Flaubert's Emma Bovary as a contemporary case. Poor Emma. She always was a dull little dame, but in 1857 she at least made a social point.

In Brook's film as in Flaubert's book, the heroine (Jeanne Moreau) lives in a French provincial town and is married to a prosperous and proper bourgeois who is even duller than...

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