Austin Film Society: Traveling Circus: Lola Montès
Not rated, 115 min. Directed by Max Ophüls. Starring Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov and Oskar Werner.
The opulent Lola Montès was Ophüls' final film. His swan song was the most expensive movie produced up until that time in France, and was butchered by his producers after a disastrous premiere. Only recently, the complete CinemaScope film has been restored. Ophüls uses the story of this notorious mistress to kings and artists (among them King Ludwig I and Franz Liszt) to examine the world of artifice and spectacle.No current showings of this film.