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The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)
"Madame de..." (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 July 1954 (USA)
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her as a wedding gift: she needs money to cover her debts. The general secretly buys ... See full summary »

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Monsieur Rémy
Jean Galland ...
Monsieur de Bernac
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La Nourrice
Paul Azaïs ...
Le premier cocher
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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her as a wedding gift: she needs money to cover her debts. The general secretly buys the earrings again and gives them to his mistress, Lola, leaving to go to Constantinople. Where an Italian diplomat, Baron Donati, buys them. Back to Paris, Donati meets Louise... So now Louise discovers love and becomes much less frivolous. Written by Yepok

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It was her vanity that destroyed her.

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'Max Ophuls' would only direct the film if Danielle Darrieux agreed to star. The role was written with her specifically in mind. See more »

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When the general gives the earrings to Lola on the train, she is crying and has her little bag on her lap. In the next cut, the bag is on the table. See more »

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Général André de...: [Remy shows a pair of earrings] What's that?
Monsieur Rémy: I couldn't believe she'd sell them without your knowledge.
Général André de...: Sell them?
Monsieur Rémy: I thought that by buying them...
Général André de...: What are you saying, Monsieur Remy?
Monsieur Rémy: I thought I was doing both of you a favor.
Général André de...: I don't follow, Monsieur Remy. I sometimes do favors for others but I avoid letting others do them for me.
Monsieur Rémy: A good policy.
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"If one has too much to say, words fail"
10 March 2007 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

What an elegant and atmospheric overlooked gem this was from Max Ophuls! Depicting in his usual florid and incredibly detailed style the lives and loves of various stereotypical characters from fin de siecle Paris, when the rich supposedly had taste and grace - before us poor diluted them.

Instead of watching people on the metaphorical merry-go-round of love as we did in La Ronde or a merry-go-round of stories as we did in Le Plaisir, this time we watch a souvenir of love, a pair of earrings on their travels back and forth between lovers and the same jeweller. The mature lovers were staid Charles Boyer, coquettish Dannielle Darrieux and romantic Vittorio De Sica engaged at first in playful flirtation but naturally turning into something far more serious: love. You are left at the end to extrapolate the outcome for yourselves, but I doubt they went on as Three! All 3 roles were played with beautiful restraint, De Sica especially, coming so soon after Umberto D's overwhelmingly serious message was ignored.

The roving camera-work paying loving attention to the period background sets was sublime, and as can only be found in Ophuls' best 6 films – this is how he would have made the film in 1900! The perfectly timed choreography for the dancing scenes of course extended to nearly everything else, even to things as simple as opening and shutting mirrored wardrobes in Madame de … 's gorgeously cluttered bedroom or people climbing up or down a rickety wooden spiral staircase at the jewellers. All in all, marvellous entertainment ravishing to the eyes, of a type you won't see anywhere outside of Ophuls. In fact, words have failed me.


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