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Lola Montès

Lola Montès

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Ivan Desny

year: 1955

colour: no

certificate:

director: Max Ophuls

runtime: 110

It was the final work of one of history’s great directors. A controversial masterpiece, that has come to be hailed as one of the greatest works in the history of cinema, Max Ophuls’ epic Lola Montes has now, after two years of painstaking restoration, been bought lovingly back to life.

Telling the tragic story of the life of the legendary 19th century cabaret dancer Lola
Montes (Martine Carol – Around the World in 80 Days, Destinees), her life and
numerous affairs and lovers (including Franz Liszt, King Ludwig I Of Bavaria) and her
fall from grace, the film tells its tale through flashbacks from her present day life as a
worthless circus dancer.

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