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.'
Here is an extract.