Cast:Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Henri Guisol, Lise Delamare, Paulette Dubost, Oskar Werner
Directed by:Max Ophüls
Lola Montès (1955)
is a historical film, and the last film directed by Max Ophüls. The film is based loosely on the life of the 19th Century cabaret dancer Lola Montez - portrayed by Martine Carol - and tells the story of her numerous affairs, most notably with Franz Liszt and Ludwig I, King of Bavaria, grandfather of \'Mad King Ludwig\'.
This would be the last film directed by Ophüls before his death of a heart attack in March 1957. As originally shown in France in 1955, the audience sees the events of Lola Montès\' life through the use of flashbacks. Use of the technique was criticized upon its release and the movie did poorly at the box office. In response, the producers re-cut the film and shortened it in favor of a more chronological storyline, against the director\'s wishes.
Certain elements remained missing and believed lost forever, but the recent discovery of the lost footage allowed a new version to be edited according to Ophul\'s original intensions. It was shown at the New York Film Festival in the restored version on Sept. 26 – Oct. 12, 2008.
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Working With Max Ophuls - Lola Montès Revisited
Bonus documentary on the making of the film. Duration 1:09:30.
This is the restored version that tries to be true to the directors wishes. The aspect ratio of the movie is approximately 2.55:1 but the subtitles were hard-coded into the DVD so the frame is left bigger. The picture quality of the documentary is reduced.