When she is reduced to appearing in a circus, a notorious beauty thinks back on her past loves.

Director:

Max Ophüls (as Max Ophuls)

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Héléna Manson ... Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat ... Stewardess
Carl Esmond ... Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet Jacques Fayet ... Steward
Friedrich Domin ... Circus Manager
Werner Finck ... Wisböck, The artist
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Storyline

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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The frank and shocking story of the world's most famous woman of scandal! See more »


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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #503. 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 Buffalo Bill Cody, who was born in 1846. See more »

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[first lines]
Circus Master: And now, Mesdames et Messieurs, the moment you've all been waiting for. The most sensational act of the century. Entertainment, emotion, action, history. Mesdames et Messieurs, Ladies and Gentlemen, meine Damen und Herren, a creature a hundred times more murderous than any beast in our menagerie. A bloodthirsty monster with the eyes of an angel. Ravaged hearts, squandered fortunes, the saraband of lovers, scepters, crowns, an authentic revolution.
Female Circus Jugglers: Authentic!
Circus Master: Passion and glory, ...
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Alternate Versions

The film was shot in three language versions: German, French and English. There was a fourth version, silent, used as a working copy; this was eventually found at the Luxembourg Cinematheque. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Lola (1961) See more »

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The Most Scandalous Woman of the Nineteenth Century
9 January 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, the Irish born dancer Lola Montès (Martine Carol) was the lover of many famous men, including Franz Liszt and the King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld. With a revolutionary movement, she flees from Munich and travels to the United States of America. She is hired by the Circus Master (Peter Ustinov) that tells her scandalous love affairs in every show and she becomes the lead attraction of the circus.

"Lola Montès" is not my favorite Max Ophüls film, but it is certainly his best work of cinematography, costumes and art decoration. The restored DVD highlights these aspects and it recalls Luchino Visconti style. However, the narrative of the life of the most scandalous European woman of the Nineteenth Century is tiresome in many moments. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Lola Montèz"


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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Lola Montès See more »

Filming Locations:

Hohentauern, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF650,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,569, 12 October 2008

Gross USA:

$120,306

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$303,175
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Restored version)| 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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