Movie Poster Du Jour: “Madame De…”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:


This is an earlier edition of this poster, bearing the printed signature of designer Guy Gerard Noël. Noël was one of the greats of French movie poster design, known for his bold use of line and color. This one makes particularly good use of metallic, gold-colored pigments. Note the floral detail on Boyer’s cuff.

“Madame De…,” by the way, is one of my all-time favorite movies.


About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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3 Responses to Movie Poster Du Jour: “Madame De…”

  1. peterike says:

    On NetFlix they have this as “The Earrings of Madame De,” DVD only. But Hulu has it in the Criterion collection. Added it to my queue.


    • Fabrizio del Wrongo says:

      I think “The Earrings of Madame De…” was the U.S.-release title. It’s about a vain, materialistic woman who is transformed by l’amour. Her husband gives her a pair of earrings, which she thinks nothing of pawning. But when her new lover gives them back to her, through a Maupassant-like coincidence, they attain a totem-like significance. It’s super stylish, super smooth, super Continental. When I revisited it a few months back I was struck by how great Boyer’s performance is. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in De Sica and Darrieux that Boyer tends to get overlooked. But he’s really, really good, especially in the way he lets you see how he wants to overlook the love affair — until his honor makes that impossible.


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