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Lola Montès1955

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  • 3.8
LOLA MONTÈS is a visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of the notorious courtesan and showgirl, played by Martine Carol. With his customary cinematographic flourish and, for the first time, vibrant color, Max Ophuls charts the course of Montès's scandalous past through the invocations of the bombastic ringmaster of the American circus where she has ended up performing. Ophuls's final film, LOLA MONTÈS is at once a magnificent romantic melodrama, a meditation on the lurid fascination with celebrity and a one-of-a-kind movie spectacle.

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Film biographies need to be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe two. The true story is usually lost or distorted to compres it into a feature film format.

The beauty of Max Ophüls' "Lola Montès" is that the film doesn't try to tell her life, it tells her legend, as a rambunctious, technicolor fairy tale for grown-ups. The film also draws interesting parallels between the character and the actress playing her, the beautiful and tragic Martinez Carol. All in all, a lavish and colorful romance that rivals anything Hollywood could make in the same era!

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Film biographies need to be taken with a grain of salt. Maybe two. The true story is usually lost or distorted to compres it into a feature film format.

The beauty of Max Ophüls' "Lola Montès" is that the film doesn't try to tell her life, it tells her legend, as a rambunctious, technicolor fairy tale for grown-ups. The film also draws interesting parallels between the character and the actress playing her, the beautiful and tragic Martinez Carol. All in all, a lavish and colorful romance that rivals anything Hollywood could make in the same era!

3 members like this review
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Hey, great review! Team Fandor loved it so much that we included it in last week's roundup! http://fan.do/r/2o2