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Lola Montès

Max Ophuls

 
Lola Montès (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France, Germany
  • 1955
  • 115 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.55:1
  • English, German, French
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  • Spine #503

Lola Montès is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophuls charts the course of Montès’s scandalous past through the invocations of the bombastic ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) of the American circus where she has ended up performing. 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.

Cast

Lola MontèsMartine Carol
RingmasterPeter Ustinov
Ludwig I, King of BavariaAnton Walbrook
Franz LisztWill Quadflieg
StudentOskar Werner
Lieutenant Thomas JaneIvan Desny
Horseman MauriceHenry Guisol

Credits

DirectorMax Ophuls
Based on the novel byCécil Saint-Laurent
ScreenplayAnnette Wademant and Max Ophuls
DialogueJacques Natanson
ProducerAlbert Caraco
CinematographyChristian Matras
EditingMadeleine Gug
Production designJean d'Eaubonne
Costume DesignGeorges Annenkov
MusicGeorges Auric

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Max Ophuls scholar Susan White
  • “Max Ophuls ou le plaisir de tourner,” a 1965 episode of the French television program Cinéastes de notre temps, featuring interviews with many of Ophuls’s collaborators
  • Max by Marcel, a new documentary by Marcel Ophuls about his father and the making of Lola Montès
  • Silent footage of actress Martine Carol briefly demonstrating the various glamorous hairstyles in Lola Montès
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer from Rialto Pictures
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Gary Giddins

    New cover by David Downton

Film Essays

Loving Lola

By Gary Giddins February 10, 2010

You can’t keep a good woman, or a great movie about a good woman, down. By all accounts, goodness in the real Lola Montez reflected the vagaries of character, not talent. She was, as Cosmo Brown . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Lola Montès

By Andrew Sarris November 10, 1986

“Tout Paris” surged into the Marignan Theatre on a Thursday evening, December 22, 1955 for the first public showing of Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès. A 140-minute Cinemascope super-production budgeted . . . Read more »

Press Notes

Press Notes: 2010—One Last Look

January 03, 2011

Before we put 2010 to bed, we thought we’d catch up with all the year-end lists that have sprung up over the past week or so. A good place to start is DVD Beaver’s annual poll, which ranks the . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Lola Montès

February 18, 2010

It’s no surprise that Max Ophuls’s fashionable (and fashionably late to home video) Lola Montès, with its stunning sets and costumes, is featured in Vogue. In his review of the new Criterion . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Loving Lola

By Gary Giddins February 10, 2010

You can’t keep a good woman, or a great movie about a good woman, down. By all accounts, goodness in the real Lola Montez reflected the vagaries of character, not talent. She was, as Cosmo Brown . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Lola Montès

By Andrew Sarris November 10, 1986

“Tout Paris” surged into the Marignan Theatre on a Thursday evening, December 22, 1955 for the first public showing of Max Ophuls’ Lola Montès. A 140-minute Cinemascope super-production budgeted . . . Read more »

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