Earrings of Madame De...

Earrings of Madame De...

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Director: Max Ophüls

Cast: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica

     
 

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Max Ophüls' masterpiece stars Danielle Darrieux as the titular Madame Louise de..., who in the film's opening scenes is forced to discreetly sell a pair of earrings, a gift from her military officer husband Andre (Charles Boyer), in order to make good on her debts. After she claims the earrings to be lost, the story of their possible theft hits the newspapers,… See more details below

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Max Ophüls' masterpiece stars Danielle Darrieux as the titular Madame Louise de..., who in the film's opening scenes is forced to discreetly sell a pair of earrings, a gift from her military officer husband Andre (Charles Boyer), in order to make good on her debts. After she claims the earrings to be lost, the story of their possible theft hits the newspapers, prompting the jeweler who bought them (Jean Debucourt) to secretly sell them back to Andre, who then gives him to his mistress Lola (Lia Di Leo) as she prepares to leave for a holiday in Constantinople. There, the earrings again change hands as Lola pawns them to cover her gambling losses. They are then purchased by Donati, an Italian diplomat (Vittorio de Sica) on his way to France to meet with Andre. Of course, the earrings soon find their way back to Louise.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Tom Wiener
A wonderful companion piece to director Max Ophüls' La Ronde, Madame de... spins a similar tale of serial affairs among the rich and idle. But its darker tone has rightfully earned its status as the filmmaker's great triumph. A minority camp would give the nod to Lola Montès. The pair of earrings which pass from hand to hand come to symbolize deception and greed, pawns in silly games of love. Ophüls connects his characters with a camera (directed by his frequent collaborator Christian Matras) which glides in and out of well-appointed rooms, suggesting that there are no degrees of separation in this world. Few filmmakers could match Ophüls' talent for exposing the need among the wealthy and titled to keep up appearances.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
UPC:
0715515031622
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
5,915

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Audio commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar; Introduction by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood); Interviews with Ophuls collaborators Alain Jessua, Marc ; Frédérix, and Annette Wademant; A visual analysis of the movie by film scholar Tag Gallagher; Interview with novelist Louise de Vilmorin on Ophuls's adaptation of her story; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by Molly Haskell, an excerpt from costume designer Georges Annenkov's 1962 book Max Ophuls, and the source novel, Madame de, by Vilmorin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Boyer Gen. Andre de...
Danielle Darrieux Countess Louise de . . .
Vittorio De Sica Baron Fabrizio Donati
Jean Debucourt M. Remy, the jeweler
Mireille Perrey Mme. de. . .'s Nurse
Paul Azäis Actor
Madeleine Barbulee Mme. de . . .'s Friend
Lea di Lea Lola, general's mistress
Jean Galland M de Bernac
Lia Di Leo Lola
Guy Favieres Julien
Serge Lecointe Jerome
Hubert Noel Henri de Maleville
Leon Walther Theater manager

Technical Credits
Max Ophüls Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Marcel Achard Screenwriter
Georges Annenkov Costumes/Costume Designer
H.R. Baum Production Manager
Ralph Baum Producer
Jean D'Eaubonne Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Rosine Delamare Costumes/Costume Designer
Boris Lewin Editor
Christian Matras Cinematographer
Antoine Petitjean Sound/Sound Designer
Oscar Straus Score Composer
Georges Van Parys Score Composer
Annette Wademant Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Earrings of Madame De...
1. A Choice [7:44]
2. A Deal [2:55]
3. Searching in Vain [6:26]
4. A Second Sale [4:24]
5. A Parting Gift [2:30]
6. "I Lie So Badly" [2:59]
7. Unlucky [2:52]
8. Fate [3:09]
9. Torture Through Hope [8:15]
10. "You Seem Very Happy" [3:21]
11. A Serious Talk [2:58]
12. Going Away [4:45]
13. Farewells [6:10]
14. Love Blossoms [6:08]
15. Reunited [4:36]
16. Secrets and Lies [3:52]
17. Distance [5:58]
18. Humiliation [5:10]
19. Forced Gesture [3:46]
20. A Challenge [6:10]
21. A Final Gift [6:01]

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