Monday, 20 February 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 71: Sun Mar 12

Lola Montes (Ophuls, 1955): Genesis Cinema, 6pm


This film, a masterpiece by any standards, is part of the '10th Anniversary Fashion in Film Festival'. You can find full details of the Fashion In Film Festival here. This screening will be introduced by the artist and curator Cathy Haynes.

Chicago Reader review:
A baroque masterpiece by Max Ophuls, his last film (1955) and his only work in color and wide-screen. The producers were expecting a routine melodrama with Martine Carol (a bland French star of the period); when they saw what Ophuls had made—with its exquisite stylization, elaborate flashbacks, and infinite subtlety—they cut it to ribbons. The film was restored in the 60s and impressed some critics, including Andrew Sarris, as "the greatest film ever made," and certainly this story of a courtesan's life is among the most emotionally plangent, visually ravishing works the cinema has to offer. With Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Ivan Desny, and Oskar Werner.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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