The Earrings of Madame De... (Madame de...)
The Earrings of Madame De... (Madame de...) (1954)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 19, 1954
DVD Release Date: September 16, 2008
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Consensus: Ophüls' graceful camerawork and visual portrayal of luxury and loss make Earrings a powerful French drama.

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Ophüls' penultimate film.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

Max Ophüls' French 1953 production is widely regarded as one of the German-born director's best, and Criterion's presentation lives up to that reputation.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

On one hand, Madame De . . . is all surface and style; on the other, it conveys real loss.

A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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.

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James Hughes
Stop Smiling

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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Stella Dallas
terribly romantic but don't let that stop u. ophuls is a master and this is movie magic. my fave of his films i have seen; intricate plot and amazing… More
Devon Bott
As the film opens, Madame Louise is looking through her things for something to sell, in order to have some extra spending money. In lieu of her furs or her… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Earrings of Madame De...", short of funds, a countess(Danielle Darrieux) decies to sell back the earrings her… More
Josh Morris
Max Ophuls' The 'Earrings of Madame de...' is a visually stunning, sparkling melodrama for adults. There is so much subtext in the script (most… More
John Ballantine
A very entertaining romp through the intrigue of Madame De... and the true story of where her earrings disappeared to and where all they travel..through wives,… More