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Lola Montes

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The 19th-century courtesan recalls Franz Liszt and the king of Bavaria. Director Max Ophuls' last film.

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Max Ophüls explores the scandalous life of dancer and courtesan Lola Montes with a bittersweet empathy that turns melodrama into a tragic melancholy masterpiece. Using the theatrical re-creation of Lola's life in a big-top pageant as a framing device, Ophüls contrasts the outrageous sensationalism of her reputation with poignant, poetic flashbacks that explore her many affairs, most notably with Franz Liszt (Will Quadflieg) and King Ludwig of Bavaria (Anton Walbrook). Lola's greatest tragedy is that she loved well, if not too wisely. If Martine Carol's central performance is lacking passion, as many critics have argued, her quiet, at times seemingly passive demeanor makes her a veritable prisoner of her society and her reputation. Swept along by Ophüls's sweeping camerawork, which glides through the film in a balance of intimacy and contemplative remove as if on the wings of angels, her life becomes like a cinematic ballet with Ophüls the choreographer and conductor. Peter Ustinov costars as the jaded circus ringmaster, who nightly narrates her exploits to a throng of scandal-hungry spectators, while she performs with a face hardened in indifference, resigned to her empty role as a figure of spectacle in a garish gilded cage. Shot in delicate color and impeccably composed widescreen compositions throughout by Ophüls's regular cinematographer Christian Matras, Lola Montes is his most beautiful and restrained film, a fitting swan song for one of the cinema's most sensitive directors. --Sean Axmaker


Special features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Audio commentary featuring Max Ophuls scholar Susan White
Max Ophuls ou le plaisir de tourner, a 1965 episode of the French television program Cinéastes de notre temps, featuring interviews with many of Ophuls’s collaborators
Max by Marcel, a new documentary by Marcel Ophuls about his father and the making of Lola Montès
Silent footage of actress Martine Carol demonstrating the various glamorous hairstyles in Lola Montès
Theatrical rerelease trailer from Rialto Pictures
New and improved English subtitle translation
A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Gary Giddins film info

Product details

  • Actors: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Henri Guisol, Lise Delamare
  • Directors: Max Ophüls
  • Writers: Peter Ustinov, Max Ophüls, Annette Wademant, Cécil Saint-Laurent, Franz Geiger
  • Producers: Albert Caraco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: February 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002XUL6QC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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