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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
Willy Picard .... first assistant director
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?

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.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:
Featured in Saint Laurent (2014)See more »
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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
"If one has too much to say, words fail", 10 March 2007
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

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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