In the late 1800's, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He's already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this... See full summary »
Herr Werther, a new magistrate to the Grand Duchy of Walheim who is a violinist and poet, seems to have fate on his side as he meets and pursues a beautiful local woman, Charlotte. But as ... See full summary »
Two ghosts attend an engagement party, unseen by the other guests. One ghost, Dupont, is the father of the bride-to-be. He looks back on his marriage to her mother. His wife Annette was ... See full summary »
Although Max Ophuls' works of that era are not highly praised ("Werther" "Sans Lendemain" "De Mayerling A Sarajevo") ,they nevertheless bear the stamp of the director.These are all romantic stories with doomed lovers,be they fictitious (the two first movies) or historic (the latter)."Yoshiwara " was made in the studio and reportedly in the Japanese Garden of the Porte de Saint-Cloud in Paris(it was first intended to be filmed in Japan),and the lack of means is obvious.
Rather listless in its first part ,this story of love between a geisha and a Russian lieutenant features at least a great scene in the second one: "the night at the opera" .There is a similar scene in "letters from an unknown woman" when the lovers pretend they are traveling on a magic train.Another equivalent is Edwige Feuillère's pilgrimage at the ski resort in "Sans Lendemain".
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"Sayonara" Joshua Logan 1957
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