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The Earrings of Madame de . . .

Max Ophuls

 
The Earrings of Madame de . . .  (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1953
  • 100 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #445

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’s 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.

Cast

Général André de . . . Charles Boyer
Comtesse Louise de . . . Danielle Darrieux
Baron Fabrizio DonatiVittorio De Sica
Monsieur RémyJean Debucourt (from the Comédie-Française)
Monsieur de BernacJean Galland
NurseMireille Perrey
LolaLia Di Leo

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar
  • Introduction by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Interviews with director Max Ophuls’s collaborators Alan Jessua, Marc Frédérix, and Annette Wademant
  • Visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
  • Interview with writer Louise de Vilmorin about Ophuls’s adaptation of her novel
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Molly Haskell, an excerpt from costume designer Georges Annenkov’s 1962 book Max Ophuls, and Vilmorin’s 1951 source novel, Madame de

    New cover by David Downton

Film Essays

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The Earrings of Madame de . . . : The Cost of Living

By Molly Haskell August 05, 2013

Swoony yet unsentimental, Max Ophuls’s magnificent melodrama measures the importance of authenticity. Read more »

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Film Essays

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The Earrings of Madame de . . . : The Cost of Living

By Molly Haskell August 05, 2013

Swoony yet unsentimental, Max Ophuls’s magnificent melodrama measures the importance of authenticity. Read more »


Features

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Happy Birthday, Danielle Darrieux!

May 01, 2012

TheLe plaisir star is ninety-five. Read more »


Behind the Scenes


Clippings

Mulvey on Max

June 23, 2009

The summer 2009 issue of Film Quarterly (now in its fiftieth year!) is out, and in it renowned professor and film theorist Laura Mulvey presents a close reading of Max Ophuls’s The Earrings of . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Ophuls, A Pleasure Indeed

September 18, 2008

Though we fully expected our special edition of Max Ophuls’s long-unavailable The Earrings of Madame de . . . to garner a lot of attention from movie lovers everywhere (this is, after all, the . . . Read more »

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