The Earrings of Madame De...

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • UPC: 715515031622
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,518

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
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Earrings of Madame De...
   Paul Thomas Anderson Introduction
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Commentary
      Off
      On
      Index
         Ophuls/The Earrings
         A Woman in Debt
         André/A Favorite Trope
         Camera Movement
         Train Scenes
         Artifice
         Femininity and Luck
         A Pared Down Style
         Lack of a Surname
         Renoir/Masculine Realms
         Tender Reflections
         Sex and Restraint
         Separation/Danielle Darrieux
         Fetishizing Desire
         The Erotic Object/Costumes
         Signification
         Asserting Ownership
         Charles Boyer
         Visibly Changed
         Surplus Value/Desperate Rebellion
         Control vs. Chaos
         Color Bars
   Supplements
      Ophuls's Collaborators
         Assistant Director Alain Jessua: Interviewed by Robert Fischer in Paris, 2005
         Co-Writer Annette Wademant: Interviewed by Martina Müller in Paris, 1989
         Assistant Decorator Marc Frédérix: Interviewed by Martina Müller in Paris, 1989
      Visual Essay by Tag Gallagher
         Play
      Novelist Louise de Vilmorin
         Play
   Subtitles
      On
      Off
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