Max Ophuls

A retrospective of seven films directed by Max Ophuls is discussed in this column.  It includes films he made in the US and films he made later when he returned to Europe.  His films are well worth seeing both for their style, which features long tracking shots, and their romantic stories.

The writer provides a fine description of Lola Montes which is where I would start if you are not familiar with Ophuls.  It is based on a novel about Lola Montez (1821-1861).  She lived primarily in Europe but is buried in Brooklyn.   I also strongly recommend The Earrings of Madame de… .  I have also seen Caught but not the other four.

The following films in the retrospective are available in the US on discs.

The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montes are available on Blu-Ray discs and DVDs from the Criterion Collection.

Letter from an Unknown Woman and Caught are available on Blu-ray discs from Olive Films.

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