Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, January 16, 2009

7:00 PM

  • Special Event
  • Fees Apply
  • Film
  • For Adults

(France/Germany/1955—directed by Max Ophüls)

In 1954, Max Ophüls, the director of such classics as La Ronde (1950) and The Earrings of Madame de… (1953), embarked on the final chapter of his brilliant career. For his first film in color and widescreen, Ophüls chose a fascinating, romantic and suitably tragic subject; an epic, lyrical portrait of Elizabeth Rosanna Gilbert, better known as Lola Montès, the Irish-born dancer, courtesan, and mistress of kings, whose ascension to heights of fame across the European continent in the mid-19th century was followed by a heartbreaking fall from grace. Ophüls’ masterpiece, the biggest-budgeted French film production to date, was brutally cut by its distributor before general release, a blow which undoubtedly contributed to the director’s death in the weeks that followed. Now, a half-century later, thanks to a meticulous, painstaking digital restoration, Lola Montès has been fully restored to its original glory.  With Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbroook and Oskar Werner. In French, German and English with English subtitles. (115 min.)


Lola Montès is in my unhumble opinion the greatest film of all time.”       

-Andrew Sarris, The Village Voice