Madame de… (1953) (4/5)


We're spoilt for decision with regards to French period movies of the 1950s, a decade when after war wistfulness for the beauty époque delivered such all-clocks as Jacques Becker's Casque d'or (1952), Max Ophüls' Le Plaisir (1952) and Jean Renoir's French Cancan (1955). A nose most importantly of these is another Ophüls great, a film that regarded New York pundit Andrew Sarris accepted to be "the absolute best film at any point made" and his associate Dave Kehr "one of the most excellent things at any point made by human hands": 1953's Madame de…

Adjusting an as of late distributed novel by Louise de Vilmorin, Ophüls' film follows the chain of misunderstandings, trading off circumstances and sentimental interests that start to heap upon one another after a privileged general's better half (Danielle Darrieux) sells his wedding blessing – a couple of hoops – so as to take care of some close to home debts. What such a précis misses, be that as it may, is the visual refinement with which Ophüls pulls everything off, provoking basic delights with the agile, interminably slinking following shots with which he ties together the film's physical and enthusiastic domains.

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