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Lola Montès (1955)

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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.

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(as Max Ophuls)

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(based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès") (as Cécil Saint Laurent), (scenario) (as Max Ophuls) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

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Circus Master
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Horseman Maurice
Lise Delamare ...
Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
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Josephine, The maid
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Student
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Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg ...
Héléna Manson ...
Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat ...
Stewardess
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Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet ...
Steward
Friedrich Domin ...
Circus Manager
Werner Finck ...
Wisböck, The artist
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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men. Written by Volker Boehm

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She lived too intensely and far too well! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Lola Montès  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,569 (USA) (10 October 2008)

Gross:

$107,264 (USA) (20 February 2009)
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Sound Mix:

(Restored version)| (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

According to Mylène Demongeot in her memoirs, Martine Carole was booed at during the premiere of the movie. But the film became later a masterpiece all over the world. See more »

Goofs

When the Circus Master first tries to recruit Lola, he lists San Francisco as an important North American city, and includes Buffalo Bill in a list of major circus figures. This scene is set shortly before Montez left for Bavaria, so it must be late 1845 or early 1846. San Francisco was called Yerba Buena until 1847, and the name Buffalo Bill was first applied in the 1860s to William F. Cody, who was born in 1846. See more »

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Referenced in My Life to Live (1962) See more »

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2 January 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Max Ophuls' final film, which I viewed in its restored German version, is quite the visual onslaught in widescreen - the extravagant framing device depicting the historic bed-hopper as a circus 'freak' among many, many acrobats and jugglers is the work of someone slaving feverishly to dazzle us. The distanced spectacle sucks us in, and it all looks great, but the toil of the film-making efforts end up deflecting attention from Lola herself - maybe Martine Carol isn't up for the job like everyone says, but more importantly all that metaphor stuff seems to crowd out time she could use to draw us in. The dalliance in the palace through the third act supplies Ophuls' requisite plot disfigurement - everything I've seen except Madame De... has SOME kind of unsatisfying ding in the arc. And the 'sumptuous' color compositions - which are pretty overwhelming in and of themselves, especially when the restoration is working from top sources

  • seem to limit the opportunities for the big Ophuls Camera Swoops that


usually lively things up.


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