Lola Montès

Lola Montès

Directed by Max Ophuls • 1955 • France, West Germany

LOLA MONTÈS is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophuls charts the course of Montès’s scandalous past through the invocations of the bombastic ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) of the American circus where she has ended up performing. Ophuls’s final film, LOLA MONTÈS is at once a magnificent romantic melodrama, a meditation on the lurid fascination with celebrity, and a one-of-a-kind movie spectacle.

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Lola Montès
  • Lola Montès

    Directed by Max Ophuls • 1955 • France, West Germany

    LOLA MONTÈS is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophul...

Extras

  • LOLA MONTÈS Commentary

    Recorded in 2008, this commentary features film scholar Susan White, author of “The Cinema of Max Ophuls.”

  • Michael Cunningham on LOLA MONTÈS

  • “Cinéastes de notre temps”: LOLA MONTÉS

    In this episode of the French television series “Cinéastes de notre temps” from October 26, 1965, many of director Max Ophuls’s collaborators discuss working on LOLA MONTÉS. Actors and crew from earlier Ophuls films, including Danielle Darrieux and Simone Simon, also make appearances.

  • Max by Marcel

    Directed by Marcel Ophuls • 2009 • France

    In this moving short film from 2009, Max Ophuls’s son, Marcel—the award-winning director of the documentary THE SORROW AND THE PITY—pays tribute to his father and discusses his own role as an assistant director on LOLA MONTÉS. Also included are excerpts ...

  • Martine Carol Hair Tests

    The following silent footage shows actor Martine Carol briefly demonstrating the glamorous hairstyles worn in LOLA MONTÉS. It was first presented on French television on August 3, 1958.