Max Ophüls – Lola Montès (1955)

The French director’s last completed film, which uses the framing device of the New Orleans circus, and has fine acting by Peter Ustinov, in the 2008 restoration inclusive of the flashback technique and footage thought lost. Requires patient watching, but begins with Franz Liszt. Ophüls, born in Saarbrücken, fled, as a Jew, to France after the 1933 Reichstag fire; and later, to America, before a post-war return to France. Early in his career he made a documentary of Chopin, near whom he is buried in Le Père Lachaise cemetery.

Lola Montès (Courtesy: mubi.com)

Lola Montès (Courtesy: mubi.com)

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