"The Earrings Of Madame De..."

The Earrings of Madame de...

(French title: Madame de...) is a 1953 drama film directed by Max Ophüls.

An adaptation of Louise Leveque de Vilmorin's novel. A spoilt woman (Danielle Darrieux), married to a General (Charles Boyer), has an affair with an Italian baron (played by Vittorio De Sica).

Max Ophüls' masterpiece stars Danielle Darrieux as the titular Madame Louise de..., who in the film's opening scenes is forced to discreetly sell a pair of earrings, a gift from her military officer husband Andre (Charles Boyer), in order to make good on her debts. After she claims the earrings to be lost, the story of their possible theft hits the newspapers, prompting the jeweler who bought them (Jean Debucourt) to secretly sell them back to Andre, who then gives him to his mistress Lola (Lia Di Leo) as she prepares to leave for a holiday in Constantinople. There, the earrings again change hands as Lola pawns them to cover her gambling losses. They are then purchased by Donati, an Italian diplomat (Vittorio de Sica) on his way to France to meet with Andre. Of course, the earrings soon find their way back to Louise. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Movie Guide