Free Film Screening
(NEW FILM RESTORATION!)
Presented by Goethe-Institut Gulf Region
Directed by Max Ophüls
Germany, France | 1955 | 115 minutes
In English, German, French with English Subtitles
RATING: PG (Parental Guidance is advised)
Synopsis: Lola Montès is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious nineteenth century courtesan and femme fatale Lola Montès, played by Martine Carol, brought to life in an epic historical romance about her affairs with composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, director Max Ophuls charts the course of Montès’s scandalous past through the invocations of the bombastic ringmaster (Peter Ustinov), whose zeal for profits may conceal a deeper passion, of the American circus where she has ended up performing. In breathtaking CinemaScope, 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 that is both brilliant and piercingly bittersweet.