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The Earrings of Madame de…

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(1953) dir Max Ophüls w/Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt, Jean Galland, Mireilee Perrey [105 min; 35mm]
The most cherished work from French master Max Ophuls, THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE… is a profoundly emotional, cinematographically adventurous tale of deceptive opulence and tragic romance. When an aristocratic woman known only as Madame de… (Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay some debts, she sets off a chain reaction of financial and carnal consequences that can end only in despair. Ophuls’s adaptation of Louise de Vilmorin’s incisive fin de siècle novel employs to ravishing effect the elegant and precise camerawork for which the director is so justly renowned.

“One of the most mannered and contrived love movies ever filmed. It glitters and dazzles, and beneath the artifice it creates a heart, and breaks it.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Three good reasons you should see The Earrings of Madame de… are the presence and performances of Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer and Vittorio De Sica. This celestial triangle has never been surpassed in grace, charm and, yes, wit and humor.” – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer

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Friday 11/10
at 8:15 PM

Tickets for this special screening are $12 general public; $10 students, seniors, and Brattle members. Brattle passes will be accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.