Justifying the superlatives heaped upon it by film-makers and critics alike, this is one of Ophüls' finest achievements, a period drama marked by formal beauty and intense feeling.

Max Ophüls' French 1953 production is widely regarded as one of the German-born director's best, and Criterion's presentation lives up to that reputation.

Evanescence is an integral part of cinema, and no other director captured it as lyrically and yet as savagely as Ophüls.

Such movement is what influenced a young Stanley Kubrick, whose visual structure -- graceful tracking shots and medium coverage punctured by rare but arresting inserts -- is a descendant of Ophüls.

Michel is released from jail after serving a sentence for thievery. His mother dies and he resorts to pickpocketing as a means of survival.

“One of the most beautifuly shot film of the fifties. Darrieux and De Sica are charming. Ophuls is a true master.”

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In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her as a wedding gift: she needs money to cover her debts. The general secretly buys the earrings again and gives them to his mistress, Lola, leaving to go to Constantinople. Where an Italian diplomat, Baron Donati, buys them. Back to Paris, Donati meets Louise... So now Louise discovers love and becomes much less frivolous. Written by Yepok

On one hand, Madame De . . . is all surface and style; on the other, it conveys real loss.

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This week marks the first occasion of the Criterion Blogathon, a massive movie lovefest organized by the film blog Criterion Blues. Read more »

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The original French posters for the film are much more picturesque and colorful. I especially like this design by Rojac (1913-1997)...

The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.

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It's full of characteristically graceful tracking shots, the editing is superb, and in her third consecutive Ophüls film Darrieux has never looked more entrancing.

Swoony yet unsentimental, Max Ophuls’s magnificent melodrama measures the importance of authenticity. Read more »

A look at this year's competition for Best Actress.

A young priest taking over the parish at Ambricourt tries to fulfill his duties even as he fights a mysterious stomach ailment.

“One of the most deftly handled balancing acts I've ever seen in its carefully constructed tone. If only Madame de... herself were as gifted as Ophuls.”

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The General's instinct is sound. The Countess has indeed fallen in love. The Baron thought that he had, too. Their tragedy is that the intensity of her love carries her outside the rules, while the Baron remains safely in-bounds.

“One of my favorites. A fantastic romantic tradegy with beautiful cinematography. Danielle Darrieux is an amazing actress, and she's flawless in this.”

Though we fully expected our special edition of Max Ophuls’s long-unavailable The Earrings of Madame de . . . to garner a lot of attention from movie lovers everywhere (this is, after all, the . . . Read more »

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The theatrical life of a beautiful courtesan and the four men who love her.

The Earrings Of Madame De . . . (1954)

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A elderly man and his dog struggle to survive on his government pension in Rome.

Sixty years ago this week, on September 16, 1953, The Earrings of Madame de... premiered in Paris, which is as good an excuse as any to celebrate the various ways in which Max Ophüls’ masterpiece has been promoted over the years.

Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme ... See full summary »

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In an open-air dance hall, the members of Leca's gang are relaxing with their ladies. One of them, Marie, aka "Casque d'Or" (Golden Helmet) meets Manda, a carpenter. Her man Roland belongs ... See full summary »

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“The clamoring over this French classic is well-deserved. What a nearly perfect example of filmmaking by Ophuls. One of the best I've seen through CC.”

An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes ... See full summary »

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love to a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

A bourgeois life in France at the onset of World War II, as the rich and their poor servants meet up at a French chateau.