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The Earrings of Madame de... [1953 film]

by Max Ophüls (Director), Marcel Achard (Screenwriter), Annette Wademant (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Paul Azaïs (Actor), Ralph Baum (Producer), Charles Boyer (Actor), Danielle Darrieux (Actor), Vittorio De Sica (Actor)11 more, Jean Debucourt (Actor), Lia Di Leo (Actor), Jean Galland (Actor), Josselin (Actor), Lia de Leo (Actor), Borys Lewin (Editor), Christian Matras (Cinematographer), Hubert Noël (Actor), Georges Van Parys (Composer), Oscar Straus (Composer), Louise de Vilmorin (Original novel)

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The wife of a 19th century General sells the earrings her husband gave her on their wedding day to pay off debts, which sets off a chain reaction of deceit that includes her husband, his mistress, and her lover.

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Really great film for many reasons, IMHO. ( )
  wdjoyner | May 7, 2014 |
Perfection. This tragedy of love, which begins in narcissistic flirtation and passes from romance to passion to desperation, is set, ironically, in aristocratic circles that seem too superficial to take love tragically. The very beauty of Max Ophuls’ film is sometimes used against it: the gliding, sensuous camerawork, the extraordinary romantic atmosphere, the gowns, the balls, the chandeliers, the nuances of language, and the sense of honor are regarded as evidence of lack of substance. But Ophuls loved Mozart and Stendhal, and he also calls up a third master: the opera sequence that gives the film its musical theme is Gluck’s Orfeo. The performances by Danielle Darrieux as Madame de, by Charles Boyer as her husband, Monsieur de, a general, and by Vittorio De Sica as her lover, the Baron, are quite likely the finest each has given. Ophuls’ lush, decorative style, his re-creation of a vanished elegance, and his darting, swirling camera are used to evoke the protection that style and manners and wealth provide, and to demonstrate that passion can destroy it all.
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Ophüls, MaxDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Achard, MarcelScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Wademant, AnnetteScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Azaïs, PaulActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baum, RalphProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Boyer, CharlesActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Darrieux, DanielleActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
De Sica, VittorioActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Debucourt, JeanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Di Leo, LiaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Galland, JeanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
JosselinActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leo, Lia deActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lewin, BorysEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matras, ChristianCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Noël, HubertActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parys, Georges VanComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Straus, OscarComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vilmorin, Louise deOriginal novelsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Downton, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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