IU Cinema: "The Earrings of Madame de …" film
- October 30, 2016
- Indiana University Cinema
- 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
- $3 all tickets
A “recurring object” plot, this film involves a frivolous aristocratic lady who secretly pawns a pair of earrings given to her by her husband. The earrings take a long journey, eventually finding their way back to the lady and revealing a good deal about several characters. Director Ophüls described the earrings as the “axis” of a merry-go-round, but he could also have described them as the motive for a dance. In either case, his film contains some of the most graceful and meaningful tracking shots in all of cinema—a technique for which he was justifiably famous. In French with English subtitles. (35mm Presentation) JAMES NAREMORE PRESENTS One of the preeminent scholars in the field of media studies, James O. Naremore is Chancellors’ Professor Emeritus in Communication and Culture, English, and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. His seven books and countless articles cover impressive theoretical and critical ground and have led him to academic honors such as a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award, and being named as an Academy Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In appreciation of his scholarship and drive to help open the Indiana University Cinema, we have asked him to program four films. For the series, he chose to present two pantheon directors, Jean Renoir and Max Ophüls. Each film will be presented on 35mm and preceded by a short introduction by James Naremore.