The publication of Gustave Flaubert’s “Madame Bovary” in 1857 and of Émile Zola’s “Thérèse Raquin” 10 years later roused the French literary establishment against two previously unknown authors who had gone beyond the bounds of all that was held to be morally admissible in fiction with their portraits of adulterous women starved by marriage of sex and romance. The state prosecuted Flaubert for gross indecency, despite the terrible punishment he metes out to his wayward heroine. Zola was not subjected to the same ordeal, but critics treated him as a rogue purveying smut in the name of realism. Both novels have appeared in countless editions since the 19th century. Both have been adapted to the screen. Now they are available as audiobooks, read by two gifted English actresses: “Madame Bovary” by Juliet Stevenson and “Thérèse Raquin” by Kate Winslet.
Q: Can you tell me why it is so hard to find “Titanic” on DVD? The 1997 version with Leonardo DiCaprio seems almost impossible to find.
A: It is indeed difficult to track down copies of the film, with online vendors asking three-digit sums for the available copies. It appears that new copies are not being made because James Cameron is gearing up another rendition of the film, in 3-D, due in theaters in April.
LONDON — Kate Winslet is attached to star in “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society,” which Kenneth Branagh is set to direct for Fox 2000.
This reunites Winslet with Branagh for the first time since she played Ophelia in his bigscreen “Hamlet” in 1996.
“The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society” is adapted by Don Roos from the bestseller by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
It’s a love story set in the London and the Channel Islands after WWII. Winslet will play a magazine columnist who enters into a correspondence with a man from Guernsey, and learns how the islanders used a book group during the war as cover to outwit their German occupiers…