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Earrings of Madame de... (1953)

Charles Boyer , Danielle Darrieux , Max Ophuls  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Paul Azšis, Madeleine Barbulee, Jean Debucourt
  • Directors: Max Ophuls
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK8C4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,958 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Earrings of Madame de..." on IMDb

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A romantic masterpiece. --New York Times

The greatest film of all time. --Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

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French master Max Ophuls's most cherished work, The Earrings of Madame de . . . is an emotionally profound, cinematographically adventurous tale of false opulence and tragic romance. When the aristocratic woman known only as Madame de . . . (the extraordinary Danielle Darrieux) sells her earrings, unbeknownst to her husband (Charles Boyer), in order to pay personal debts, she sets off a chain reaction, the financial and carnal consequences of which can only end in despair. Ophuls adapts Louise de Vilmorin's incisive fin de siecle novella with virtuosic camera work so elegant and precise it's been called the equal to that of Orson Welles.

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES New, restored high-definition digital transfer, Audio commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar , Interviews with Ophuls collaborators Alain Jessua, Marc Frederix, and Annette Wademant
A visual analysis of The Earrings of Madame de . . . 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 new essay by Molly Haskell, Louise de Vilmorin's novella Madame de, upon which the film is based, and a reprinted essay by costume designer and longtime Ophuls collaborator George Annenkov

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone could see that Louise was an attractive but frivolous woman. Ensnared on her own volition in a loveless marriage to an aristocrat general, who showers her with fine furs and jewelry, and abides her petty flirtations whilst always maintaining the decorum proper for a military nobleman in high society, Louise too, adheres to the dictates and protocol demanded of a nobleman's wife in the elaborate, but meaningless and empty milieu in which she resides. Louise is a comely and innocuous creature, prone to fainting spells, whose marriage to the philandering Count is unremarkable and unmemorable. But into this very shallow, unremarkable existence, Louise will find passion, and it will complicate her life, and eventually destroy it.

MADAME de...opens with Max Ophuls' fluid camera taking Louise's viewpoint as it scans her jewelry cases, and wardrobe, searching for something of considerable value to sell. The woman has rung up a large debt, and she loathes to ask her husband for the money. Reluctantly, she decides on a pair of heart shaped diamond earrings, a wedding gift from her husband that she is not particularly fond of. The sale of those earrings sets in motion a chain of events that will lead Louise down a fateful road, where desire, misunderstanding, and deception, will culminate in tragedy. She finds love but at a drastic cost. In an Ophuls film, passionate love is a thing of beauty, the antidote to a shallow existence, the inspiration for art, and for life itself. It is also a kind of sickness that often clouds one's better judgement, causes one to neglect responsibilities and make rash, sometimes fatal decisions.

MADAME de..., Ophuls finest film, and one of the greatest ever made, is a movie that gets better with repeated viewings.
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What a sad, elegant film this is. The Earrings of Madame de... takes us into the fin de siecle Parisian world of the mannered rich, where the act of amorous intimacy is as much an expected social obligation as it is a personal pleasure, where a serious discussion about serious things is considered as indiscrete as loving one's spouse.

"Madame de... is a most elegant lady," we are told, "distinguished, received everywhere. She seemed destined to a delightful, untroubled existence. Doubtless nothing would have happened but for the jewels." She (Danielle Darrieux) is married to the rich and assured General Andre de... (Charles Boyer). When she realizes she has debts she cannot pay and does not want her husband to learn of, she sells a pair of diamond earrings her husband gave her the day after they were married. She tells her husband a little lie, that the earrings were stolen. The jeweler, not knowing of the little lie, soon goes to the general, assuming he will want to buy them back. He does, but rather than embarrass his wife, he gives them to a mistress he is saying farewell to as she departs for Constantinople. And there, she sells the jewels to cover her gambling debts. The jewels soon appear in the window of an elegant Constantinople jewelry store where Baron Fabrizio Donati (Vittorio De Sica), an Italian diplomat soon on his way to Paris, buys them. And since fate and convenience work in mysterious ways, Donati meets Madame de in Paris and they fall into what passes for love by their class. Donati gives the earrings to Madame de as a sign of his love, not knowing they were originally given to her by her husband. And Madame de must now tell a few more little lies. When her husband, the General, sees them, she must tell even more.
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What a sad, elegant film this is. The Earrings of Madame de... takes us into the fin de siecle Parisian world of the mannered rich, where the act of amorous intimacy is as much an expected social obligation as it is a personal pleasure, where a serious discussion about serious things is considered as indiscrete as loving one's spouse.

"Madame de... is a most elegant lady," we are told, "distinguished, received everywhere. She seemed destined to a delightful, untroubled existence. Doubtless nothing would have happened but for the jewels." She (Danielle Darrieux) is married to the rich and assured General Andre de... (Charles Boyer). When she realizes she has debts she cannot pay and does not want her husband to learn of, she sells a pair of diamond earrings her husband gave her the day after they were married. She tells her husband a little lie, that the earrings were stolen. The jeweler, not knowing of the little lie, soon goes to the general, assuming he will want to buy them back. He does, but rather than embarrass his wife, he gives them to a mistress he is saying farewell to as she departs for Constantinople. And there, she sells the jewels to cover her gambling debts. The jewels soon appear in the window of an elegant Constantinople jewelry store where Baron Fabrizio Donati (Vittorio De Sica), an Italian diplomat soon on his way to Paris, buys them. And since fate and convenience work in mysterious ways, Donati meets Madame de in Paris and they fall into what passes for love by their class. Donati gives the earrings to Madame de as a sign of his love, not knowing they were originally given to her by her husband. And Madame de must now tell a few more little lies. When her husband, the General, sees them, she must tell even more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting movie, that we equated to an O'Henry short story.
Published 8 days ago by Wallerish
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've seen
One of the best movies I've seen. How could one find a finer cast than Boyer, Darrieux and De Sica! Beatifully filmed and an example of Ophus outstanding direction.
Published 1 month ago by PegP
4.0 out of 5 stars Very French 1953 movie
Took my wife and I back to early years when we sought out art movies.
Published 1 month ago by Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars A Max Ophuls Classic
This is a movie for adults who know much of life depends on understanding those subtle moments of miss-understanding. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Art Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic romantic tragedy
All the qualities of director Max Ophul's genius -- elegant stylishness, refined irony, meticulous construction of class milieu, and exceptionally fluid camera work -- are on full... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon Corelis
5.0 out of 5 stars The most classic Ophuls
Edwige Feuilliere and Charles Boyer are an aristocratic couple in Belle Époque Paris. Ophuls takes the lady's diamond earrings as a metaphor of their love situation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thilo Ullmann-Zahn
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Ophuls Masterpiece
This movie is pure perfection. The more times I view this masterpiece, the more I appreciate the talents of this director. Read more
Published 8 months ago by nevadainhighdef
1.0 out of 5 stars Very bad transfer / Shame on you Criterion
The note is for the video quality on the bluray disc from criterion / Not the movie.

The bluray transfer has been nearly filtered to death (Obvious by screen caps on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mehdi Halli
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies of all time
Restraint, opulence, psychological subtlety, wit, toughmindedness--and then some. Also, Charles Boyers' most effective performance ever, worthily matched with Vittorio DeSica's... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Albert MacSwigart
1.0 out of 5 stars Screwed up transfer
The Gaumont restoration on this BD has been denoised resulting at times in grotesque loss of definition and 'painterly' artifacts that have nothing to do with the look of this... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. Hafner
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