All Hollywood films are about Hollywood or all Hollywood films are about Emma Bovary. Or Judy Garland. "Anachronistic" doesn't begin to describe how precisely Minnelli makes Emma THE figure of 1949 America. Even Van Heflin's Charles has all the barely-resuscitated masculinity of melodrama and film noir - the only glaring weakness, in my book. A masterclass in form, and, I'm surprised to say, one of Minnelli's best.