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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
Vittorio De Sica was a huge fan of 'Max Ophuls' and wanted Jean Gabin's role in Le Plaisir (1952). Ophuls told him no, but that he would find him a dignifying role in another film. The Role of the Baron was written with him in mind for this film. See more »
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A woman's constant lying leads to first humorous, then tragic consequences.
Though not as dazzling as Ophuls' greatest works, 'La Ronde' & 'Le Plaisir', this more conventional romantic melodrama still has his magic fingerprints all over it & is a joy to behold. The acting of all three leads is simply immaculate (witness the scene in the railway carriage as a couple part - the hesitancy, expectancy, the kiss at last upon just the hand... just sublime).
Seldom, if ever, have I seen the affairs of the human heart portrayed so compassionately, & with so little judgement or blame. I am so glad to have finally discovered the films of Max Ophuls.
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