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The Earrings of Madame de...

Madame de...

Directed by Max Ophüls
France, 1953


French master Max Ophüls’s most cherished work, The Earrings of Madame de… is an emotionally profound, cinematographically adventurous tale of false opulence and tragic romance.

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The Earrings of Madame de... Directed by Max Ophüls

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | Cannes Classics

Academy Awards

1955 | Nominee: Best Costume Design, Black-and-White

It is set in a fin-de-siècle Europe that resembles a dollhouse come to life: Every element of the decor seems to have been fetishized before it was built. Yet unlike most historical romances, the sets don’t suffocate the drama—in fact, they underscore the film’s tragic dimension.
April 06, 2018
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There’s a reason Ophüls’s beautiful, technically astounding tracking shots are so well remembered: They embody the sadness of the simplest truth that nothing lasts, no matter how desperately we may attempt to plan for otherwise, no matter how aggressively we may try to cast ourselves as masters of our own domain.
August 04, 2013
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There are some movies that are so perfect, so exquisitely beautiful, so effortlessly elegant, they’re almost painful. Like watching an overwhelmingly enchanting dancer — their beauty cracks something inside of you… The pain of manipulating those graceful muscles, and in the case of Madame de…, the pain of that shambolic muscle called the heart, reveals what threatens to stain one’s resplendently spotless satin and silk — blood-red, human deception and guilt.
February 27, 2013
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