Madame de

Madame de

DVD - 2008 | French
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The wife of a 19th century General sells the earrings her husband gave her on their wedding day to pay off debts, which sets off a chain reaction of deceit that includes her husband, his mistress, and her lover.

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NewYorkViews Apr 12, 2015

This is just a great stylish escape film--a foreign b/w made in the 1950s, with romance and a bit of humor about an unhappily married countess that looks unhappily overstuffed with abundant fancies--except at the ball. Those disgusting furs, uugh.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

The pampered wife of a French aristocrat sells her diamond earrings to pay off some mounting debts. Over the next two years those jewels will mysteriously reappear in her life again and again and in so doing highlight the web of lies, hypocrisy, and infidelity which seem to define her existence. Technically sumptuous with its elaborate tracking shots and unexpected camera angles, Max Ophül's brilliantly filmed fin de siècle morality play moves effortlessly between light farce, biting satire, and desperate tragedy before the camera settles on one sadly ironic final scene. A classic.

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ofacertainage
Nov 15, 2014

The author of the book on which the movie is based, in an interview included on the disk, calls the movie "boring" and notes that it uses little more than the title of the book,

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eusebius
Apr 14, 2014

Darrieux, De Sica and Boyer are all wonderful in this adaptation of Vilmorin's novel. Watch the camera movement and tell me if any of the talents working in film today are capable of this.

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a_esquimaux
May 13, 2013

My interest in Stanley Kubrick and Paul Thomas Anderson's work brought me to Max Ophuls, whom both directors have credited with being a primary influence on the way they move the camera. Ophuls is considered a master of the "long tracking shot"; amazing when you consider the bulkiness of film cameras during his time. This Criterion edition includes an introduction by Anderson himself. Great study for film students and wannabe film students alike. Other special features: insightful (and slightly pretentious) commentary track by two film scholars from a largely feminist perspective; various interviews with Ophul's colleagues; and a visual breakdown of Ophul's shooting/editing style.

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AQUILEA777
Oct 08, 2012

A showpiece for the irresistible Danielle Darrieux. Charles Boyer's character is an interesting study in high-minded husbandly forebearance, and its limits.

emprunteur581 Nov 19, 2011

Max Ophuls, what more is there to say? Other great films of his are: La Ronde and Letter from an Unknown Woman. The latter film is just great, imho.

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Brise
Aug 18, 2010

Avons apprécié ce film pour son rythme et le jeux de caméra qui donnait le ton au film. De plus, le décors ainsi que les toilettes ne font qu'ajouter à la qualité du film. On retrouve un Charles Boyer toujours aussi charmant et une Danielle Darieux dans toute sa beauté.

Ce CD est un peu usé. Il devra être mis à jour.

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