Ciné-Club: The Earrings of Madame de...

Ciné-Club: The Earrings of Madame de...

Sunday, January 24 at 1:00 p.m.
Free admission - Donations encouraged
This event takes place online - zoom links will be emailed Saturday evening.

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What's one little white lie? Actions have consequences, and the innocent sale of a pair of earrings snowballs into a grand love affair in this prim takedown of Belle Epoque values. Join as we discuss...

The Earrings of Madame de... (1953)

Rent on Amazon Prime or iTunes, or watch with an HBO Max or Criterion Channel subscription


Louise has a few debts she needs to take care of, so she sells off a special pair of earrings - the ones her husband, an esteemed count and army general, gave her for their wedding. Her husband doesn't need to know - in fact, she makes a big show of pretending to have simply lost the jewelry. An air-tight scheme, right? Well, things have a way of getting around in Belle Epoque France, and as the earrings change hands and cross countries just to find their way back to Louise's estate, they bring with them a whole slew of secrets and entanglements - including a new clandestine lover. Will Louise's frivolous pawning be her downfall in the end?

A pristine satire of aristocratic aloofness, Max Ophül's period drama glitters with all the opulence of the era, but isn't afraid to point out the moral lassitude of it all. Both a moving tragedy and an ironic morality tale, Madame de ... is Madame Bovary for the upper-upper crust. And how about that interior design! 

Check it out for yourself - and let's talk about it! 





Isn’t it time you caught up on all those French classics you’ve been meaning to watch? If you’re a cinéphilefrancophile, or just looking for some fun conversation in these isolating times, we’ve got you covered.
Each week, we’ll reveal the film up for discussion by Wednesday on our social media and the events page of our website. We’ll also include some context to consider while watching, and some links for where to view it. You’ll have the rest of the week to watch the film independently and then we’ll group up online via Zoom on Monday at 6:30 PM to discuss. BYOB (or W). Sound good?  

For the sake of inclusivity, the discussion will be in English. When you register, we’ll send you a link for accessing the conversation group. Come full of thoughts or just full of ramblings – we’ll take either, or both! 

Discussion will be led by Matthew Jackson, a former AF culture intern. Matthew studied film at the University of Chicago and spends most of his time blathering about movies online.