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

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James Hughes
Stop Smiling

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.

Full Review Source: Stop Smiling

January 14, 2014
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

November 24, 2001
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Evanescence is an integral part of cinema, and no other director captured it as lyrically and yet as savagely as Ophüls.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

March 16, 2007
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 10/10

September 9, 2013
Cole Smithey

| Original Score: 5/5

October 10, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's powerful stuff, but Ophuls' graceful, gliding camera movements provide a sense of beautiful inevitability.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

March 22, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Ophüls' penultimate film.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeremy Heilman

Surely one of the most cruelly tragic, and sublimely funny, melodramas of all time.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

June 3, 2002
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

.. 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.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

September 20, 2008
Dennis Schwartz
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Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

February 10, 2012
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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On one hand, Madame De . . . is all surface and style; on the other, it conveys real loss.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 13, 2007
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Haunting romantic tragedy.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 8, 2008
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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 Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 4/4

August 21, 2009
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 5/5

October 30, 2004
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Josh Larsen

...exquisite, both in its lavish craftsmanship and in the way it captures the acute joy (and pain) of romantic love.

Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm | Original Score: 4/4

March 28, 2013
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 1, 2007
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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 Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 4/4

September 21, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 17, 2013
Tom Dawson

Justifying the superlatives heaped upon it by film-makers and critics alike, this is one of Ophüls' finest achievements, a period drama marked by formal beauty and intense feeling.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 5/5

May 24, 2003
Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema
March 24, 2003

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