The Earrings of Madame De... (Diamond Earrings) Reviews

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
September 8, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
James Hughes
Stop Smiling
January 14, 2014
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 21, 2013
The cyclical nature of chance and coincidence takes on epic proportions here, as Ophuls masterfully transforms what initially seems like a borderline bedroom farce into a full-blown tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
September 9, 2013
Ophuls didn't make it look effortless; he simply made it look flawless. Perfection that produces a sense of awe and the (accurate) impression that nobody else could have made it.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
March 28, 2013
...exquisite, both in its lavish craftsmanship and in the way it captures the acute joy (and pain) of romantic love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
February 17, 2013
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.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
February 15, 2013
Deliciously blending Sacha Guitry's The Pearls of the Crown and Ophüls's own La Ronde, this is just about as polished as European cinema gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 14, 2013
A superb film and a matchless trio of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Kemp
Total Film
February 4, 2013
Because it's Ophüls, there's an aching sense of genuine heartbreak and loss beneath the sumptuous decor and poised, urbane ironies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 10, 2012
Elegant.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Slighter and more emotionally distant than Ophüls's masterpiece 'Letter from an Unknown Woman', but filled with a similar mood of romantic despair and desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
August 21, 2009
The tracking shots effortlessly glide down corridors, into rooms, through gardens. They particularly shine during two dancing scenes, where the smooth movements of the partners are echoed by the graceful camera capturing every move in perfect sync.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
September 27, 2008
Ravisihing classic made at the height of Ophuls' career (La Ronde, Lola Montes), this much admired film is flawless in subtle narrative and lavish style as an indictment of socio-sexual mores of European aristocracy splendidly acted by Darrieux and Boyer
Full Review | Original Score: A
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
September 20, 2008
.. not just directed, not just choreographed, but sculpted in time and space, with actors and decor as the raw materials and the camera carving out the story.
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
August 8, 2008
Haunting romantic tragedy.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 15, 2007
Rich in story and character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
June 1, 2007
The brilliance of "Earrings" is in the precision with which Ophuls carefully strips away all the luxury until what we see is not the extravagance, but the wounded, tragic marriage that the extravagance is meant to hide.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 22, 2007
It's powerful stuff, but Ophuls' graceful, gliding camera movements provide a sense of beautiful inevitability.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
March 16, 2007
Evanescence is an integral part of cinema, and no other director captured it as lyrically and yet as savagely as Ophüls.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 13, 2007
On one hand, Madame De . . . is all surface and style; on the other, it conveys real loss.
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