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Lola Montes

Posted by martinteller on July 3, 2009

Max Ophuls’ final film displays all the magnificently choreographed camera movement that I’ve grown to expect from him.  And the circus framework is an interesting device that allows for a lot of spectacle.  But frankly I found the whole thing kinda dull, and didn’t feel at all engrossed by Lola or her activities.  There’s a hint of a feminist idea here, but Ophuls seems reluctant to commit, alternately portraying Lola as a free-spirited heroine and a passive victim of male-dominated society.  I was excited to see Oskar Werner, albeit in a very small role.  Nice cinematography, but so far the weakest film I’ve seen from Ophuls.  Rating: 6


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