Madame de... (1953)
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- 105 min.
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An altogether classy affair from Max Ophuls, immaculately shot, intelligently written and featuring great performances from Charles Boyer as a possessive cold-hearted General and the very beautiful Danielle Darrieux as his manipulative wife who sells her husband's wedding gift of a pair of diamond earrings to clear her debts and increasingly gets caught up in her own lies when she falls in love with another man. Brilliant.
A great film. The most essential Ophuls.
Madame De...: The title of this movie, with the ellipses, is pronounced "Madame duuuuuuhh" (It's even spoken out loud during the film!)
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This movie ranks #18 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
This movie ranks #33 in Cahiers du Cinéma's 100 Films for an Ideal Cinematheque
This movie ranks #38 in The Times's 100 Best French Films
This movie ranks #119 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
This movie ranks #122 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #139 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #143 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
This movie ranks #242 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #252 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #335 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #462 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #469 in The Criterion Collection