The Earrings Of Madame De… (1953)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Madame De…

France/Italy, 1953.  Franco London Films, Indusfilms, Rizzoli Film.  Screenplay by , Max Ophuls, Adaptation by , Dialogue by Marcel Achard, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Max Ophuls was such a master of making films that were incredibly beautiful and so strikingly unimportant. In fact, the shallow romances that inhabited many of his films would have prevented them from being remembered if it wasn’t for his skills in creating images that gave his work the passion that the characters sometimes lack. In this eye-popping spectacle, a Baroness () decides to sell a pair of earrings that her husband (Charles Boyer) once gave her as a gift, owing to the fact that she has incurred a lot of spending debt that she’d prefer her husband not find out about. The earrings go from hand to hand until they fall into the possession of a playboy aristocrat (Vittorio De Sica) who falls in love with Darrieux and gives them to her as a gift. How two little gems cause so much mayhem in three people’s lives, ranging from the hilarious to the truly tragic, is a wonderful, magical treat to behold, and it never looks any less than fully stunning thanks to Ophuls’ talents.

The Criterion Collection:  #445

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Costume Design-BW

3 Comments Add yours

  1. aworldoffilm says:

    I recently reviewed this for my sight and sound poll series. Well done nice post.

    1. henryjames77 says:

      Thanks so much!

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