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Lola Montes (1955)

Director: Max Ophuls     Starring: Martine Carol
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Format: DVD
Sku: 213267631
UPC: 715515052610
UPC 14: 00715515052610
Category Keywords: Adventure  Romance  Theatrical Release
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Editor's Note
LOLA MONTES, the last film by Max Ophüls, is one of the most celebrated examples of both wide screen CinemaScope and lush Technicolor in film history. Added to this is Ophüls' usual use of sweeping crane shots and angled tracking shots, making this a beautiful, creative film. It is the story of Lola Montes (Martine Carol), the 19th Century dancer who was famous for her scandalous affairs with everyone from Franz List (Will Quadflieg) to Ludwig, the King of Bavaria (Anton Walbrook). At the end of her career she was the main attraction at a circus in the United States which featured a lavish tableaux of scenes from her life. The ringmaster, played by Peter Ustinov, leads the circus audience through her life, and also cues the cinematic flashbacks. Ophüls had used a similar structure in his adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's play REIGEN in his film LA RONDE. Here, although not in chronological order, the flashbacks span Lola's life, covering everything from her early unhappy marriage to a drunken military officer, who she leaves to embark on a career as a dancer, to a very short affair with a German student played by a young Oskar Werner. Ophüls, with his always-moving camera, gives the story a wonderful sense of historical drama.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Criterion Collection
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/16/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1955
Video UPC UPC: 00715515052610
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Lola Montès - The Criterion Collection - DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Reviews
Published on: 2/16/2010 10:17 AM
As misunderstood as its titular character, Max Ophuls’s final film, Lola Montès, was greeted with almost unanimous contempt at its premiere in 1955, resulting in a series of producer-initiated chop jobs that mangled a masterpiece. After decades of inferior existence, the film was finally properly restored to its original version and screened at the Cannes and Telluride festivals in 2008. Now, Criterion presents that version on DVD and Blu-ray, and it is a wonderful sight to the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Oskar Werner
Video Cast Info Peter Ustinov
Video Cast Info Anton Walbrook
Video Cast Info Martine Carol
Video Cast Info Annette Wademant - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Madeleine Gug - Editor
Video Cast Info Ralph Baum - Producer
Video Cast Info Paulette Dubost - Featured
Video Cast Info Will Quadflieg - Featured
Video Cast Info Max Ophuls - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Yves Saint-Laurent - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Christian Matras - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Georges Auric - Composer
Video Cast Info Marcel Ophuls - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Max Ophuls - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...It still looks so modern -- saving that there is no one around any more who can combine such flamboyant spectacle with such fluidity, dexterity, lightness, invention..." 09/01/1978 p.261

Los Angeles Times
"...Ophuls' camera swirls around, catching all the action and coarse pageantry, and the effect is invigorating..." 03/01/1991 p.F20

Chicago Sun-Times
"It is all of a piece from beginning to end: The mood, the music, the remarkably fluid camera movement, the sets, the costumes....The actors are in Ophuls' complete control, an additional element in his examination of the romantic myth." 11/05/2008

Film Comment
"[T]his work of overwhelming visual excess truly soars due to the director's legendarily meticulous and expressive camera movements." 01/01/2010

A.V. Club
"[A] masterpiece....It's in a league with CITIZEN KANE, THE RED SHOES, and other movies that operate on a higher plane of sophistication and creativity than their contemporaries." -- Grade: A 02/17/2010

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