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The Earrings of Madame De... (1953)

Madame de... (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 July 1954 (USA)
The diamond earrings of a French aristocrat, a wedding gift from her husband, cause a series of conflicts as they change hands repeatedly.

Director:

Max Ophüls

Writers:

Louise de Vilmorin (novel), Marcel Achard (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Paul Azaïs ... Le premier cocher
Josselin Josselin
Hubert Noël Hubert Noël ... Henri de Maleville
Lia Di Leo Lia Di Leo ... Lola
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Storyline

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. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Turkish

Release Date:

19 July 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Earrings of Madame De... See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally released with a longer ending where you see the earrings being passed from a young Nun to a young woman marrying a General. This was meant to create a circular structure for the film with the young woman representing the next Madame de. However Max Ophüls felt it weakened the film when it was finished and personally cut it from the final prints. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Baron Fabrizio Donati: Will we meet again?
Comtesse Louise de...: Certainly. Fate is on our side.
Baron Fabrizio Donati: I'm not so sure! My name is Fabrizio Donati!
Comtesse Louise de...: [riding away in a carriage] And I am Madame de...
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Referenced in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Einmal im Leben ...(L'amour m'emporte)
music: Oscar Straus
lyrics: Robert Gilbert & Armin Robinson
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Sublime, Graceful, Charming, Ruthless
6 July 2000 | by withnail-4See all my reviews

It strains the imagination and saddens the heart to wonder at the existence of those people, long past, who would strive for such a sublime accomplishment.

"It's when we've the most to say that we're silent"

The dramatic situations develop so that we feel every word the characters leave unsaid. The situation speaks, and then the characters comment cleverly, explain themselves to their best advantage in that momentary sparkle that is "life"

The relationship of the director to his characters: they are allowed to be witty, to be beautiful, profound, and deeply human, yet in this humanity is their futility, a charming futility. As in the classics, The passions rule all humans. The characters are as puppets, not to the director, but to the passions.

The camera moves, yes, and you may have heard of Ophuls' flowing camera. It is not empty style, but dynamism, concision, and, more importantly, the flow of life that is his moving camera. It is the flowing movement of Ovid's Metamorphoses, the inexorable flow of life. The camera doesn't so much follow the actors, but that the flow of life is happening, and the characters are swimming in that stream of happening.

Why does he persistenly show the characters through a pain of glass? These are the boundaries of social propriety, the confines of their situation. Ophuls knew it best: life is a movie

Vladimir Nabokov wrote a short story entitled "La Veneziana"... Have I strayed from the subject? But, aren't all things sublime closely related?

I have learned, through persistent trial, that '98 is a fine year for Rhone. I suggest that you open a bottle, pour a glass, and push "Play" on "The Earrings Of Madame De..."

"unhappiness is an invented thing"

grace


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