After becoming seriously interested in what they call "serious films" about 15 years ago film critic Derek Malcolm's list of his 100 favourites became my bible (I met him at a festival once, he had lots of good anecdotes). This is one of the few I hadn't seen, before today. But of course, since then, I have discovered many more lists of films to watch. It's never ending.
Une performance géniale de Danielle Darrieux et un film inoubliable d'Ophuls. C'est filmé tout en travelling, la mise en scène est réglée avec une grande maîtrise. Les personnages oscillent sans cesse entre la frivolité et la gravité, de même que les boucles d'oreille circulent entre toutes les mains sans appartenir à personne.
I wasn't immediately taken by the style of this film, because some elements of it reeked of the early 50s. However, as the movie advanced I was very impressed with Ophüls's creative ability to make the earrings the movie's star. And then there is the magnificent ending, which is simply amazing and washes away any sour taste one could've gotten during the first half of the film. Certainly very nice!
The cinema of Max Ophüls is definitely not for the faint of heart. Through his masterful camerawork - and a clever use of a McGuffin -, the german director operates in a spiritual level of filmmaking and "The Earrings of Madame De...", elevated by the superb performances and the beautiful soundtrack, hits the heart like a bullet like all of his movies.
The titular earrings act as an object of transference in a morally complex tale of devotion. The most compelling scenes have an absorbing duality between hushed intimacy of love and the roar of public life. It's a beautiful, flowing film that feels far ahead of its time.
Le génie de Max Ophüls et un trio fascinant d'acteurs dont une Danielle Darrieux touchée par la grâce, réussit à faire de ce film un chef d'oeuvre D'une histoire anecdotique au ressort redondant il trace une oeuvre "Flaubertienne".Le boulversement de cette'histoire mondaine en tragédie, s'imprime sur les visages sublimes de Darrieux et deDe Sicca. Darrieux, mal aimée du cinéma français est pourtant ici grandiose.
Beautiful film. Great plot, superb acting by Boyer, De Sica, and the lovely Darrieux, and a tragic final act. I just loved this film, hard to say more. Ophuls created a masterpiece here, with the great use of tracking shots and the pacing throughout. Methinks Orson saw this before making Touch of Evil. All the accolades have already been said. All I can add is after seeing this and La Ronde, I must see more. 5 stars.