Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 46: Fri Feb 15

Madame De (Ophuls, 1953): BFI Southbank, NFT 3, 2.30, 6.20 & 8.50pm
This Max Ophuls classic, perhaps the highlight of the year on the London repertory circuit, is on an extened run at BFI Southbank through February. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
'Certainly one of the crowning achievements in film (1953). Max Ophuls's gliding camera follows Danielle Darrieux, Charles Boyer, and Vittorio De Sica through a circle of flirtation, passion, and disappointment, a tour that embraces both sophisticated comedy and high tragedy. Ophuls's camera style is famous for its physicalization of time, in which every fleeting moment is recorded and made palpable by the ceaseless tracking shots, yet his delineation of space is also sublime and highly charged: no director has better understood the emotional territory that exists offscreen.'
Dave Kehr

Here is an extract.

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