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Lola Montès -- Lola Montès is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol.

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Director:
Writers:
Cécil Saint-Laurent (based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès")
Max Ophüls (scenario)
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Release Date:
23 December 1955 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
The frank and shocking story of the world's most famous woman of scandal! See more »
Plot:
The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Martine Carol ... Lola Montes

Peter Ustinov ... Circus Master
Anton Walbrook ... Ludwig I, King of Bavaria
Henri Guisol ... Horseman Maurice
Lise Delamare ... Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
Paulette Dubost ... Josephine, The maid

Oskar Werner ... Student
Jean Galland ... Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg ... Franz Liszt
Héléna Manson ... Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat ... Stewardess
Carl Esmond ... Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet ... Steward
Friedrich Domin ... Circus Manager
Werner Finck ... Wisböck, The artist
Ivan Desny ... Lieutenant Thomas James
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Béatrice Arnac ... Circus Rider (uncredited)
Maurice Barnay ... (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Man in the box (uncredited)
Ady Berber ... Bulgakov (uncredited)
Jacqueline Canterelle ... Friend of conductor (uncredited)
Alain Clairfond ... Young man (uncredited)
Yvonne Dany ... (uncredited)
Eddy Debray ... Captain (uncredited)
Roger Dutoit ... Seaman (uncredited)
Jeanine Fabre ... Girl (uncredited)
Jean Filliez ... (uncredited)
Aimée Fontenay ... (uncredited)
Otto Friebel ... Secretary (uncredited)
Anton Färber ... Lola's footman (uncredited)
Margarete Haagen ... Anna (uncredited)
Harry-Max ... Man in the box (uncredited)
Heinrich Hauser ... Lola's footman (uncredited)
Hélène Iawkoff ... (uncredited)
Walter Kiaulehn ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Alfons Kiechle ... Inn-keeper (uncredited)

Daniel Mendaille ... Captain (uncredited)
Bob Morel ... Man in the box (uncredited)
Bernard Musson ... (uncredited)
Marcel Ophüls ... (uncredited)
Léon Pauléon ... Passenger (uncredited)
Billy Phillipsen ... (uncredited)
Claude Pinoteau ... Conductor Claudio Pirotto (uncredited)
Suzanne Pinoteau ... Maid (uncredited)
Philippe Richard ... Colonel (uncredited)
Yves Rozec ... Aerealist (uncredited)
Willy Rösner ... Prime minister (uncredited)
Hans Schwarz Jr. ... Wrestler (uncredited)
Leo Siedler ... Mittenhöfer (uncredited)
Victor Tabournot ... Man in the box (uncredited)
Maguy Vernadet ... Maid (uncredited)
Victor Vina ... Man in the box (uncredited)
Alexander von Malachowsky ... Lola's footman (uncredited)
Elinor von Wallerstein ... Queen (uncredited)
Gustav Waldau ... Trainer Jeppner (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Ophüls  (as Max Ophuls)
 
Writing credits
Cécil Saint-Laurent (based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès") (as Cécil Saint Laurent)

Max Ophüls (scenario) (as Max Ophuls)

Annette Wademant (adaptation) &
Max Ophüls (adaptation) (as Max Ophuls)

Jacques Natanson (dialogue)

Franz Geiger  dialogue: German version (uncredited)
Peter Ustinov  dialogue: English version (uncredited)

Produced by
Albert Caraco .... producer
André Haguet .... producer (uncredited)
Anton Schelkopf .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
 
Cinematography by
Christian Matras 
 
Film Editing by
Madeleine Gug (French version)
Jacqueline Sadoul (uncredited)
Adolf Schlyssleder (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne  (as Jean D'Eaubonne)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Christidès 
 
Costume Design by
Georges Annenkov 
 
Makeup Department
Jean Lalaurette .... hair stylist
Maguy Vernadet .... makeup artist
Jules Chanteau .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Georg Jauss .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charlotte Müller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jonas Müller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Ralph Baum .... production manager
Karlheinz Först .... production manager (uncredited)
Georg Markl .... production manager (uncredited)
Paule Pastier .... production manager (uncredited)
Helmut Ringelmann .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aboyantz .... assistant director
Marcel Ophüls .... assistant director (as Marcel Wall)
Ulrich Picard .... assistant director (as Ulrich Pickardt)
Claude Pinoteau .... assistant director
Alain Jessua .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Adolf Schlyssleder .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Pierre Duquesne .... assistant set decorator (as P. Duquesne)
Jacques Gut .... assistant designer
Jacques Gut .... assistant set decorator (as J. Gut)
Willy Schatz .... assistant production designer
Werner Wappler .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Hans Endrulat .... sound engineer (as H. Endrulat)
Jean Nény .... sound engineer (as J. Neny)
Antoine Petitjean .... sound engineer (as A. Petitjean)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bourreaud .... assistant camera (as E. Bourreaud)
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Luc Mirot .... assistant camera (as L. Mirot)
Raymond Voinquel .... still photographer
Henri Champion .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ferdinand Rotzinger .... still photographer (uncredited)
Karl-Heinz Vogelmann .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Felicitas Bergmann .... costume supervisor
Marcel Escoffier .... costumes: Martine Carol
Marie Gromtseff .... costume execution (as Gromtseff)
Barbara Karinska .... costume execution (as Karinska)
Ursula Maes .... costume supervisor
Madeleine Rabusson .... costumer (as M. Rabusson)
Jean Zay .... costumer (as J. Zay)
Suzanne Pinoteau .... wardrobe: Martine Carol (uncredited)
Monique Plotin .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Monique Plotin .... costumer (uncredited)
Madeleine Rabusson .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Jean Zay .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Etiennette Muse .... assistant editor (French version)
Hannes Nikel .... assistant editor (German version) (uncredited)
Rosa Ring .... assistant editor (German version) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jacques Métehen .... musical director
 
Other crew
Tony Aboyantz .... production assistant
Aimée Fontenay .... trapeze number
André Hoss .... general manager
Lucie Lichtig .... script girl
Martina Müller .... reconstruction (German premiere version)
Helge Pawlinin .... choreographer
Roger Peré .... administrative director
Peter S. Petrona .... technical advisor: circus
Yves Rozec .... trapeze number
Richard Balducci .... publicist (uncredited)
Eva Ebner .... script girl (uncredited)
Claude Vernier .... dialogue coach: Martine Carol (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
116 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (Restored version) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (original rating) | Finland:S | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (2000 video) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
Famed film critic Andrew Sarris wrote "Lola Montès (1955) is in my unhumble opinion the greatest film of all time". He introduced the restoration at the New York Film Festival in 2008. He later decided that the greatest film of all time is The Earrings of Madame de... (1953), by the same director Max Ophüls'.See more »
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Anachronisms: 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 Damsels in Distress (2011)See more »

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14 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Cirque de Celebrity, 30 August 2010
Author: mukava991 from United States

Watching "Lola Montes" often feels like rollerskating up and down hilly streets lined with sumptuously designed department store windows. At other times you would swear that Josef von Sternberg made a 50s comeback in color, so packed are the frames and so obstructed are the sightlines; the only thing missing is the Sternbergian close-ups. Then you might wonder if Bertolt Brecht had a hand in the screenplay, so alienated are we from the emotional core of this woman's life.

The film seesaws between a circus act starring the middle-aged title character (Martine Carol) and flashbacks to her past. In the circus setting, ringmaster Peter Ustinov presents a series of impossibly lavish tableaux which depict points in Montes's scandalous life. The flashbacks include her first marriage, her dalliance with King Ludwig I of Bavaria (Anton Walbrook), and her relationship with a Bavarian student (Oskar Werner). In reality, Montes never appeared as the star of such a circus act, but this film's creators have chosen to present her life in these terms in order to cast her as a metaphor of the celebrity freak, no different in essence from a circus animal who jumps through hoops or a daredevil who engages in public spectacle. She is almost always seen from a distance, as if to emphasize her actual insignificance. The parallels to our contemporary celebrity culture are obvious.

But beyond this commentary on celebrity and the technical virtuosity of the busy sets and panning camera, there is nothing much here. There is certainly no compelling drama. The central character is so distanced from the viewer that she can only be grasped as a concept, not as a human being.

And I have to agree with others that Baz Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge" comes to mind, but even that endless Carnival Cruise Ship commercial had a clear central love story.

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