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Lola Montes

Lola Montes

A Feature film by Max Ophuls

Produced by Gamma-Film

Release in France : 23/12/1955


    The film presents scenes from the life of the 19th century dancer Lola Montès as told by her via flashbacks from her current life — as a performer in a circus, where the ringmaster (Ustinov) befriends her.

    Actors (31)

    Production and distribution (4)

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    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Wide, Les Films du Jeudi

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    Florida Films

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    This would be the last film directed by Ophüls before his death of a heart attack in March 1957. As originally shown in France in 1955, the audience sees the events of Lola Montès' life through the use of flashbacks. Use of the technique was criticized upon its release and the movie did poorly at the box office. In response, the producers re-cut the film and shortened it in favor of a more chronological storyline, against the director's wishes.

    According to Roger Ebert, a "savagely butchered version was in circulation for a few years" following Ophuls' death. The film critic Andrew Sarris and others eventually showed improved versions, progressively closer to the original, at the New York Film Festival in 1963 and 1968.

    Certain elements remained missing and believed lost, but the recent discovery of the lost footage allowed a new version to be edited according to Ophul's original intentions. It was shown at the New York Film Festival in the restored version on Sept. 26 – Oct. 12, 2008.

    Source : Wikipedia


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    Full credits (22)

    Assistant directors :

    Claude Pinoteau, Marcel Wall, Tony Aboyantz, Ully Pickardt, Marcel Ophüls, Alain Jessua

    Dialogue Writer :

    Jacques Natanson

    Producers :

    Albert Caraco, André Haguet

    Foreign Producer :

    Anton Schelkopf

    Sound Recordist :

    Antoine Petitjean

    Camera Operator :

    Alain Douarinou

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Annie Maurette

    Assistant editor :

    Etiennette Muse

    Production Designer :

    Jean D'Eaubonne

    Music Composer :

    Georges Auric

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Adaptation :

    Annette Wademant, Max Ophuls

    Author of original work :

    Jacques Laurent

    Screenwriter :

    Max Ophuls

    Director of Photography :

    Christian Matras

    Assistant Operator :

    Ernest Bourreaud

    Production Manager :

    Ralph Baum

    Editors :

    Madeleine Gug, Jacqueline Sadoul

    Continuity supervisor :

    Lucie Lichtig

    Art Director :

    Willy Schatz

    Costume designer :

    Georges Annenkov

    Still Photographer :

    Raymond Voinquel

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    Feature film

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    France, Germany

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    Majority French (France, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 56 min

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    Digital DTS