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 (the extraordinary Danielle Darrieux) sells a pair of earrings given to her by her husband (Charles Boyer) in order to pay a debt, 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 the elegant and precise camera work for which the director is so justly renowned, to ravishing effect.
Audio commentary featuring film scholars Susan White and Gaylyn Studlar
Interviews with Ophuls collaborators Alain Jessua, Mar Frédérix, and Annette Wademant
A visual analysis of The Earrings of Madame de . . . by film scholar Tag Gallagher
Interview with novelist Louise de Vilmorin on Ophuls's adaptation of her story
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A new essay by Molly Haskell, Louise de Vilmorin's novella Madame de, upon which the film is based, and a reprinted essay by costume designer and longtime Ophuls collaborator Georges Annenkov