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Release Date:
19 July 1954 (USA) See more »
The most intriguing love story of the year! See more »
The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Charles Boyer ... Général André de...

Danielle Darrieux ... Comtesse Louise de...

Vittorio De Sica ... Baron Fabrizio Donati

Jean Debucourt ... Monsieur Rémy

Jean Galland ... Monsieur de Bernac

Mireille Perrey ... La Nourrice
Paul Azaïs ... Le premier cocher
Hubert Noël ... Henri de Maleville
Lia Di Leo ... Lola
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Madeleine Barbulée ... Une amie de Madame de... (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Un convive (uncredited)
Jacques Beauvais ... Un majordome (uncredited)

Gérard Buhr ... Le douanier (uncredited)
Jean Degrave ... Le clubman (uncredited)
Claire Duhamel ... La demoiselle de compagnie (uncredited)
Guy Favières ... Julien (uncredited)
Émile Genevois ... Un soldat (uncredited)
Serge Lecointe ... Jérome Rémy (uncredited)
Franck Maurice ... Un témoin (uncredited)

Daniel Mendaille ... Un passant (uncredited)
Albert Michel ... Le second cocher du baron (uncredited)
Robert Moor ... Un diplomate (uncredited)
Max Mégy ... Un domestique (uncredited)
Georges Paulais ... Le premier témoin du duel (uncredited)
Léon Pauléon ... Un huissier (uncredited)
Colette Régis ... Vendeuse de cierges (uncredited)
Louis Saintève ... Un passant (uncredited)
Michel Salina ... Un témoin (uncredited)
Germaine Stainval ... L'ambassadrice (uncredited)
Jean Toulout ... Le doyen du corps diplomatique (uncredited)
Roger Vincent ... Le second témoin du duel (uncredited)
Georges Vitray ... Vieux reporter (uncredited)
Léon Walther ... L'administrateur (uncredited)
René Worms ... Un convive (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Ophüls 
Writing credits
Louise de Vilmorin (novel)

Marcel Achard  screenplay &
Max Ophüls  screenplay &
Annette Wademant  writer

Marcel Achard (dialogue)

Produced by
Ralph Baum .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Oscar Straus 
Georges Van Parys 
Cinematography by
Christian Matras 
Film Editing by
Borys Lewin 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne 
Costume Design by
Georges Annenkov 
Rosine Delamare 
Makeup Department
Carmen Brel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Henri Baum .... production manager (as H. Baum)
Ralph Baum .... production manager (as R. Baum)
André Hoss .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Maurette .... first assistant director
Ulrich Picard .... first assistant director (as Willy Picard)
Art Department
Maurice Barnathan .... set dresser
Sound Department
Antoine Petitjean .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Georgette Fillon .... wardrober
Other crew
Francine Corteggiani .... script girl
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Madame de..." - France (original title)
"The Earrings of Madame De..." - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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105 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Max Ophüls was a close personal friend of Louise de Vilmorin, author of the novella on which this film is based.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Général André de...:Unhappiness is our own invention. At times I'm sad that I lack the imagination for it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Einmal im Leben ...(L'amour m'emporte)See more »


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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
The fluidity of the camera movement., 13 November 2006
Author: Alice Hazard

The most striking element of this film is the way in which the camera maintains such a fluid and sensitive movement, creating a sense of frustrated distance between the action within the film and those viewing it. The opening sequence introduces us to this technique, as we follow the search of the Countess through her dressing table, and gradually are shown the reflection of her face in the mirror. Throughout the film there are numerous long, fluid shots, often following a character physically through a series of situations and sets. The camera acts as a totally impartial observer, moving amongst the set and often being placed so as to appear to hinder a clear view of the action. However, the complicated and intricate relationship between the position of the camera and that of the character it follows is a vital stylistic element. We are distanced from the action, and yet also have an intimate relationship with it; the fact that the camera often has to retrace its steps in order to follow the character presents a spontaneous, realistic image.

More importantly perhaps is the continuity that this camera technique gives the film. The film charts the flow of a series of events that are all caused ultimately by one single event. Visually, the flow of images is indicative of the inevitability of the series of events, and aurally the fact that much of the music that we hear in the film is in fact from within the action, such as the dance and the theater, suggest again continuity and unity, as well as immediacy.

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