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Lola Montès (1955)

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Biopic of adventuress Lola Montès who ends up as a circus attraction after being romantically involved with famous European men.

Director:

Max Ophüls (as Max Ophuls)

Writers:

Cécil Saint-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 Lise Delamare ... Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
Paulette Dubost ... Josephine, The maid
Oskar Werner ... Student
Jean Galland ... Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg 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 »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,569, 12 October 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$107,264, 22 February 2009
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

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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Circus Master: In Turkey, at the Sultan's request, she bathed in the nude. The guests were delighted, and so were the fish.
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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 »

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Referenced in Le Gai Savoir (1969) See more »

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Spectacularly Dull
25 January 2010 | by HitchcocSee 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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