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23 Feb

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This week, check out Lola Montes!


lola montès

Beautiful New 35mm Print! The Definitive Restoration!
Year: 1955
Running time: 115 Minutes
Language: French
Sub-Titles:English Sub-Titles

Ostensibly a biography told in flashbacks of Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert—better known as Lola Montès: dancer, courtesan, mistress of composers and kings—Max Ophüls’s final masterpiece is really a meditation on time and the evanescent nature of fame and riches.

As the director’s majestic moving camera glides alongside Lola through scenes of the greatest opulence and splendor, we become keenly aware that it will all crumble and vanish one day, that life is indeed nothing but a dream.

Martine Carol is the ostensible star, and Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, and a young Oskar Werner are the men in her life, but the real star is Ophüls himself. He gave everything to this movie, and its subsequent financial failure and butchering at the hands of its producers were among the factors that contributed to his untimely death at the age of 54.

The many attempts to restore Lola Montès over the years have proven to be difficult given the fact that the film was shot in the relatively unstable Eastmancolor process. This gleaming new restoration from the Cinémathèque Française, which incorporates all available footage, is truly a major cinematic event. —New York Film Festival.


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