Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #105 The Earrings of Madame De…

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Movie #105 The Earrings of Madame De…

(1953, France, d. Max Uphols)

As beautiful as it is in plot and style, The Earrings of Madame De… (originally titled Madame De…) is a masterpiece of cinema. The story is complex enough to entice a modern viewer. It follows a pair of meaningless (at the time) earrings that Madame De… (played by Danielle Darrieux) sells as they trek across Europe and end up back in the hands of Madame De… nowthrough fate and love. The earrings then become something of great importance to her, but this time, they mark her own downfall as they are the catalysts of the tragic spiral that the film then takes. A wonderful and progressive look on women as sealers of their own fate for the time, what was most remarkable about Uphols’ film was the camera work. Uphols’ and Christian Matras’ camera is restless. It tells every piece of the story in a grand and sweeping style. The dance montage scene and the opening scene contain some of the best gliding camera work that I’ve ever seen captured on film. Inspiring filmmakers such as Paul Thomas Anderson and Martin Scorcese, The Earrings of Madame De… is both tragic and beautiful and a gem that I hope continues to last throughout history.

  1. […] and manly rifle that exists. Everyone wants it. It’s a great little story. Almost like what Madame De… did for a tale of a few earrings, Mann creates a geo-trail story of a gun, though this film did […]

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