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Max Ophuls | Max Opuls
5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Paris, which had always amused me on holiday, was too lovely ... emigration was no hardship, it was an outing. It offered the shining wet boulevards under the street lights, breakfast in Monmartre with cognac in your glass, coffee and lukewarm brioche, gigolos and prostitutes at night. ... Everyone in the world has two fatherlands: his own and Paris. (Spiel im Dasein)
Max Oppenheimer adopted the pseudonym of "Ophüls" which is the name of an aristocratic German family. When his name began to spread because of his qualities as a filmmaker, the original Ophüls family wrote to him to ask which branch he belonged to, because they couldn't figure out. So the director wrote back confessing the innocent scam...
Camera movement, especially circular motion. Obsession with detail