Lola Montès
Lola Montès (1955)

Max Ophüls' final film (and his only movie in color) is a cinematic tour-de-force masquerading as a biography, in this case a dazzling fictionalized life of the notorious 19th century dancer, actress, and courtesan. A still beautiful,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 23, 1955
DVD Release Date: February 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

This exacting and sumptuous restoration of Max Ophüls's last film, from 1955, recovers not just the movie's look but also its meaning.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Lola Montes is mainly a triumph of vibrancy and metaphor. Nonetheless it's quite an experience.

Josh Larsen

"...lingers as a sensational fever dream."

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The matters that made the real Lola an extraordinary woman are omitted completely; we are given only the picture of a woman turned to sexual adventuring by her mother's callousness.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Seen on a big screen, this is a movie to get drunk on.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

The net result is pure Ophuls, his signature recognizable in nearly every scene and, despite its very poor initial reception, one hell of a movie.

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John Anderson
Washington Post

Watch Lola Montes and you may never watch a movie the same way again.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Max Ophüls' 1955 masterpiece gets a superb restoration.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

as Lola, Martine Carol should compel our attention, but instead merely toys with it

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Well, I love Ophuls but the Fox Lorber DVD sucks - maybe Criterion will release this by which time I will have done my due diligence and upgraded my crap… More
Walter M.
Little thought is usually given to a movie's framing device, as it is normally just a jumping off place to tell the story.("The Curious Case of… More
Carlos Magalhães
The recently restored version as originally intended by Ophüls is a sumptuous chef-d'oeuvre. The production design, costumes, the fluid camerawork, the… More
Cameron Johnson
"Eh bien, je ne suis pas homme le plus physique du monde, mais quand elle serra serré elle m'a presque cassé la colonne vertébrale, oh, mon Lola,… More
Eric Broome
Too much old-fashioned romance for my tastes, but the sets and use of color are gorgeous. The film's most interesting aspect is not its unremarkable tale… More
John Ballantine
The director's cut of Ophuls' final film is fascinating and ground breaking for its time. The idea of a retrospect of life put on by a local circus is… More