French master Max Ophuls's most cherished work, The Earrings of Madame de... is an emotionally profound, cinematographically adventurous tale of false opulence and tragic romance. When the aristocratic woman known only as Madame de... (the extraordinary Danielle Darrieux) sells her earrings, unbeknownst to her husband(Charles Boyer), in order to pay personal debts, she sets off a chain reaction, the financial and carnal consequences of which can only end in despair. Ophuls adapts Louise de Vilmorin's incisive fin de siecle novella with virtuosic camera work so elegant and precise it's been called the equal to that of Orson Welles.
Max Ophüls' lavish costume drama traces an 18th-century French countess's doomed affair with a handsome diplomat. The titular baubles, first secretly sold by the countess in an effort to erase her financial debts, find their way back to her husband, and then continue to change hands and turn up at pivotal moments. Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, Vittorio De Sica star. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interviews; featurette; booklet; more. In French with English subtitles.