Madame de...

Madame de...

Max Ophüls (1953)

95min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Although Max Ophüls's penultimate film was Oscar-nominated for its costumes, it really should have brought him a direction award, as he sends his camera on a series of gliding shots around the luxurious haunts of the idle rich, revealing their every secret and laying bare their empty souls. Danielle Darrieux is the unnamed noblewoman of the title, whose precious earrings, which she has already sold, return to her via husband Charles Boyer's mistress and her own lover, Vittorio de Sica. The script is witty, the performances beyond sophistication. Deliciously blending Sacha Guitry's The Pearls of the Crown and Ophüls's own La Ronde, this is just about as polished as European cinema gets.

Cast & Crew

Countess Louise De... Danielle Darrieux
General André De... Charles Boyer
Baron Fabrizio Donati Vittorio De Sica
Madame De...'s nurse Mireille Perrey
Monsieur Rémy, the jeweller Jean Debucourt
Jérome, his son Serge Lecointe
Lola, the general's mistress Lia Di Léo
Monsieur De Bernac Jean Galland
Henri De Maleville Hubert Noël
Theatre manager Léon Walther
Director Max Ophüls
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitles Black and White Theatrical distributor: BFI Available on: Available on video Released on: 15 Feb 2013

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