The Earrings of Madame de . . .

The Earrings of Madame de . . .

Directed by Max Ophuls • 1953 • France

The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de . . . (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay some debts, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls' adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin's incisive fin de siècle novel employs to ravishing effect the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned.

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The Earrings of Madame de . . .
  • The Earrings of Madame de . . .

    Directed by Max Ophuls • 1953 • France

    The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . . is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de . . . (Daniel...

Extras

  • THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... Commentary

    This audio commentary, recorded in 2008, features film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar.

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, 2008

  • Ophuls’s Collaborators: Marc Frédérix

    This interview with production designer Marc Frédérix, who was assistant decorator on THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . ., was conducted by Martina Müller in Paris in 1989.

  • Ophuls’s Collaborators: Alain Jessua

    This interview with THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . . assistant director Alain Jessua was conducted by Robert Fischer in Paris in 2005.

  • Ophuls’s Collaborators: Annette Wademant

    This interview with THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . . cowriter Annette Wademant was conducted by Martina Müller in Paris in 1989.

  • Tag Gallagher Video Essay

    In this 2008 video essay, writer Tag Gallagher analyzes director Max Ophuls’s use of montage to create moments of passion and desire in his films, particularly THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . .

  • Novelist Louise de Vilmorin

    Louise Lévêque de Vilmorin was a French novelist, poet, and journalist whose most famous novel, “Madame de,” was the basis for Max Ophuls’s THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE . . . In this interview from the November 20, 1965, episode of the French television series “Démons et merveilles du cinéma,” she s...