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The Earrings of Madame De... (Diamond Earrings)
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… More

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"Slighter and more emotionally distant than Ophüls's masterpiece 'Letter from an Unknown Woman', but filled with a similar mood of romantic despair and desperation."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out
"Ophüls' penultimate film."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Such movement is what influenced a young Stanley Kubrick, whose visual structure -- graceful tracking shots and medium coverage punctured by rare but arresting inserts -- is a descendant of Ophüls."
‑ James Hughes, Stop Smiling
"...exquisite, both in its lavish craftsmanship and in the way it captures the acute joy (and pain) of romantic love."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"A superb film and a matchless trio of performances."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"On one hand, Madame De . . . is all surface and style; on the other, it conveys real loss."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Like its turn-of-the-century décor and costuming, it is elegant and filled with decorative but basically unnecessary little items, which give it gentility and a nostalgic mood, but nothing much more substantial."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"The cyclical nature of chance and coincidence takes on epic proportions here, as Ophuls masterfully transforms what initially seems like a borderline bedroom farce into a full-blown tragedy."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's full of characteristically graceful tracking shots, the editing is superb, and in her third consecutive Ophüls film Darrieux has never looked more entrancing."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Because it's Ophüls, there's an aching sense of genuine heartbreak and loss beneath the sumptuous decor and poised, urbane ironies."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Three good reasons you should see The Earrings of Madame de ... are the presence and performances of Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer and Vittorio De Sica. This celestial triangle has never been surpassed in grace, charm and, yes, wit and humor."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"One of the most mannered and contrived love movies ever filmed. It glitters and dazzles, and beneath the artifice it creates a heart, and breaks it."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ophuls didn't make it look effortless; he simply made it look flawless. Perfection that produces a sense of awe and the (accurate) impression that nobody else could have made it."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Deliciously blending Sacha Guitry's The Pearls of the Crown and Ophüls's own La Ronde, this is just about as polished as European cinema gets."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Elegant."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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