Lola Montès

Lola Montès

DVD - 2009 | French
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The life of a young woman who was a showgirl, had affairs with kings, became a courtesan, and traveled the world trying to fit in. 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.

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akirakato
Jul 05, 2015

This is a 1955 historical romance film directed by Max Ophüls, based on the life of the celebrated Irish dancer and courtesan Lola Montez (1821–1861), portrayed by Martine Carol.
It tells the story of the most famous of her many notorious affairs---those with Franz Liszt and Ludwig I of Bavaria, a grandfather of Swan King Ludwig II.
It is one of the loveliest, most elegant and fascinating historical epics.

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COURIER3
Apr 25, 2015

I WATCHED ONE HOUR OF BOREDOM AND FINALLY SHUT IT OFF. CIRCUS WAS THE BEST PART

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JackPurcell
Apr 21, 2015

Maybe the only movie ever to mention this fascinating woman.

Froster Jun 05, 2012

Style over substance, but WHAT style. Ophul's attempt to out-Orson Orson falls flat because the main character remains stubbornly unengaging. Whether it's because of the actress, or the script, or the endless spectacle, we really don't very much care about Lola. But the spectacle itself is worth watching. How very beautiful it is! Like the most elaborate wedding cake ever constructed. And like a wedding cake, the tiny figure perched at the top of it barely makes an impression. How different the movie would have been with an Ava Gardner (okay okay...French, then), a Brigitte Bardot, a Jeanne Moreau, a Simone Signoret. It would have been just as overstuffed, but at least the jewel box would have contained a real jewel. As it is, it's worth watching for its opulence, its technical mastery, and a few wonderful sequences. And the ending has all the heart and humanity missing from the rest of the movie.

jesking Oct 31, 2011

I see this movie as almost a satire of the normal life of a willful woman. I liked it, and as a middle aged woman, I've felt put on trail much like Lola myself.

EuSei Jul 28, 2011

This is an example of what I call an overrated movie. It is a bore, strange, awkward. If this is "art" I'd rather watch something not so artistic.

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davidevans
Aug 02, 2010

NYTimes critic's pick. The movie was initially mistreated, but "in 2008 the movie's original Technicolor luster was restored to its full depth and richness."

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