Wednesday, March 20, 2013

301. Lola Montes

Lola Montes
Directed by Max Ophuls

You would think that a film about a prostitute recounting her life as a circus attraction would be quite an interesting movie.  You would be wrong.

Some parts of the movie are quite beautiful.  There is a great use of Technicolor here, almost too the point of being gaudy but hey, it's the circus.  To make you feel like part of the action, the director put objects in front of the camera so you feel as if you are watching the circus.  However, if I was at the circus watching this performance, I would have gotten up and walked away because it was so freaking boring.

This is a really short review, but really my feelings can be summed up this: sets good, story bad.  After all, brevity is the soul of wit.  So says Polonius anyway.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Max Ophuls final film.


  1. Yeah, this one felt like a waste of time. At this point I had already decided that Ophul's films were not for me and this movie did nothing to change my mind.

    1. Yeah he caters to a very specific taste. I hate the entries on the List that are so repetitive. I feel like that for Martin Scorsese movies. I enjoyed all his movies, but was both Casino and Goodfellas necessary?