You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lola Montes

Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan.

Cast:
Martine Carol Peter Ustinov Anton Walbrook Oskar Werner Ivan Desny Henri Guisol

Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan.

Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus somewhere in America. Sketchy method of handling the subject rarely allows sympathy to be built for the much manhandled heroine or to adequately formulate the essentials of the eternal woman the film is striving for. Martine Carol, as Lola Montes, lacks the depth needed. She looks good but never seems to display the temperament required.

Ophuls gives this elegant mounting, and the C’scope has lush and knowing framing. He uses iris-type blacking out of the corners of the screen for more intimate scenes, and even the old fashioned iris-out at times.

Some fetching period observation appears from time to time, but life is rarely breathed into this frilly opus. Peter Ustinov has little acting to do but registers as the ringmaster who narrates the round of Lola’s life. Anton Walbrook is fine as the king.

Lola Montes

France - W. Germany

Production: Gamma/Florida/Union. Director Max Ophuls; Screenplay Max Ophuls, Annette Wademant; Camera Christian Matras; Editor Madeleine Gug; Music Georges Auric; Art Director Jean D'Eaubonne

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Martine Carol Peter Ustinov Anton Walbrook Oskar Werner Ivan Desny Henri Guisol

More Film

  • Heather Kerr Gloria Allred

    Former Actress Heather Kerr Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Forcing Himself on Her

    Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan. Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus […]

  • nickelodeon animation loud house

    Female Animators Call for End of Culture of Sexual Harassment in Open Letter

    Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan. Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus […]

  • Sean Young Harvey Weinstein

    Actress Sean Young Alleges Harvey Weinstein Exposed Himself to Her

    Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan. Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus […]

  • Woman Walks Ahead TIFF

    Jessica Chastain's 'Woman Walks Ahead' Lands at A24, DirecTV

    Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan. Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus […]

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture

    Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan. Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus […]

  • The Breadwinner Tehran Taboo Animation Is

    Animation Is Film Festival Readies Its L.A. Debut

    Max Ophuls brought his three-version film (English, French and German) in for a whopping negative cost of $2 million. It is a lush color vehicle, relating the life story of a 19th-century courtesan. Treatment of the lady of easy virtue’s life is done via flashbacks while she is being exhibited in a strangely stylized circus […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content