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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Complete credited cast:
Général André de...
Comtesse Louise de...
Monsieur Rémy
Jean Galland ...
Monsieur de Bernac
Mireille Perrey ...
La Nourrice
Paul Azaïs ...
Le premier cocher
Hubert Noël ...
Henri de Maleville
Lia Di Leo ...


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.


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

19 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Earrings of Madame de...  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Director Max Ophüls only signed on to direct this film once his project to adapt Honoré de Balzac's novel, "La Duchesse de Langeais" fell through. This defunct project was intended to be a comeback vehicle for Greta Garbo. Ophüls felt that Garbo, like himself, was particularly adept at portraying the humanity and emotions of a doomed romance. Incidentally, Garbo's costume tests for the ill-fated project would prove to be her very last professional work. Once the project fell through, however, Ophüls turned his attention to making this film. See more »


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 »


Comtesse Louise de...: [praying for her lover who is about to go on a duel with her husband] Save him, dear saint. You know that we were guilty in thought only. And what are thoughts? Will you save him, my dear saint? I thank you in advance. Blessed be your name in heaven as on earth. Amen.
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Einmal im Leben ...(L'amour m'emporte)
music: Oscar Straus
lyrics: Robert Gilbert & Armin Robinson
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An exquisite film from abroad...
31 May 2000 | by (Cleveland, OH) – See all my reviews

Max Ophuls directs this tale of romance and jealousy set near turn-of-the century France. Danielle Darrieux plays the unsatisfied wife of an adulterous French General, Charles Boyer. In order to pay off other frivolous expenses she has incurred, she sells off the earrings that her husband had presented to her on the day after their wedding, and then claims that she lost them. She meets a princely Baron, Vittorio de Sica, and romance slowly blooms. Meanwhile, the earrings she has sold keep turning up in her life only to haunt her. The three leads are wonderful, as is the atmosphere in this luxuriously elegant French film. The change in Darrieux's feelings for the earrings keeps the film fascinating throughout. The emotions of all the characters are presented in a romantic, yet somehow realistic nature.

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