Main Feature 96 mins
Cat no. 2NDVD 3106
The MAX OPHULS Collection
The most perfect film ever made Andrew Sarris
For some of us, Max Ophuls was the
best French filmmaker François Truffaut
VITTORIO DE SICA
A countess must sell a pair of earrings to pay off debts, telling her husband they are lost. He soon learns of the deceit and as the jewels begin their journey from one owner to the next, hypocrisy and infidelities are exposed beneath the well-mannered surface of their sophisticated world. Ophuls camera glides with seemingly effortless elegance in this visually dazzling masterpiece which renowned film critic Andrew Sarris described as the most perfect film ever made.
Max Ophuls is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most revered directors in the history of cinema. His trademark array of lavish, fluid camera movements would influence generations of filmmakers to come. Among the many who have praised his genius are François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick (who believed his camera could pass through walls) and more recently directors such as Todd Haynes and Paul Thomas Anderson who called him his idol.
- Working with Max Ophuls by Alain Jessua
- Video Essay by film historian Tag Gallagher