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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(based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès") (as Cécil Saint Laurent) , (scenario) (as Max Ophuls) , 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Circus Master
Anton Walbrook ...
Horseman Maurice
Lise Delamare ...
Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
Josephine, The maid
Jean Galland ...
Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg ...
Héléna Manson ...
Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat ...
Carl Esmond ...
Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet ...
Friedrich Domin ...
Circus Manager
Werner Finck ...
Wisböck, The artist


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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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)


$107,264 (USA) (20 February 2009)

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Sound Mix:

(Restored version)| (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Max Ophüls' final film, and his only film in color. See more »


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 »


Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Fatale beauté (1997) See more »

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Spectacularly Dull
25 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If a film were purely spectacle and music, I would give this a 10. Unfortunately, the lack of charisma of the principle actress makes it hard to sit through. It is a series of vignettes offered to attendees of a circus where Miss Montes answers questions for a quarter and lets her hand be kissed for a dollar (the French exchange rate comes into play, of course). The movie is nice to look at with rich colors and interesting circus scenes. I wonder if the film has been worked on because it literally glows. It's the self importance of Carol and the tiresome people who seem to bring it down a bit. I never felt sympathy for her character; her arbitrariness just lost me. Franz Liszt looks like the second place winner in a Fabio look-alike contest. Then we are to feel great sorrow for her because she needs to stay in a dormitory for a short time on an ocean voyage. Because she feels slighted, she begins to get this crust about her and begin to use people. She is a courtesan in the true sense. Carol just doesn't work. Now Marlene Dietrich. There you go. Ophuls is interesting and this was his last film. It's certainly eye candy.

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