Lola Montès (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes) (1955)

Lola Montès (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes)



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Max Ophuls' 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, but weary and disillusioned (and, as we later discover, ailing) Lola Montes (Martine Carol) is first seen as the featured attraction at a seedy American circus, appearing at the center of a series of various tableaux depicting the scandalous events for which she is … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Annette Wademant, Max Ophüls
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 1999
Rialto Pictures



as Lola Montes

as Circus Master

as Ludwig I King of Bav...

as Student

as Lieutenant James

as Franz Liszt

as Maurice

as Mrs. Craigie

as Josephine

as Private Secretary

as James' Sister

as Stewardess

as Conductor Claudio Pi...

as Circus Manager

as The Doctor

as Minister

as Wisboeck
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Critic Reviews for Lola Montès (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes)

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

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

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Max Ophüls' 1955 masterpiece gets a superb restoration.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Los Angeles Times
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In some odd way, the huge production scale and marvelous widescreen color scheme make Lola Montès seem more distant and artificial than Ophüls' smaller-scale black-and-white films.

Full Review… | October 10, 2008
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Lola Montès (The Fall of Lola Montes) (The Sins of Lola Montes)


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 27" screen.

Although it had moments of brilliance -, for the most part I found this flick very stilted and lacking the usual Ophuls' grace and charm. Some high hopes dashed.

Update 2009 - OK I saw the latest restoration on a big screen - and the net gain is one half a star. There is no getting around the fact that this was a troubled, compromised production as well as Ophuls' first foray into color and Cinemascope. Among many flaws - I found the image distortion of the wide-screen format and Ophuls' ever moving camera to be highly imcompatible.

That being said - the circus scenes and Peter Ustinov's performance are wonderful.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

The recently restored version as originally intended by Ophüls is a sumptuous chef-d'oeuvre. The production design, costumes, the fluid camerawork, the wonderful script, everything is remarkable from the first shot to the last, a great pleasure for the eyes and the heart.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 of a seductive, Evita Peron-like character who became a notorious scandal in Europe, but the plot's added framework: the presentation of Lola's exploits as an impossibly ornate circus show, with Peter Ustinov as the grandiloquent ringmaster. Watching Lola negotiate her way through the various shifting tableaux is what's truly dazzling.

Otherwise, "Lola Montes" concentrates on frame composition and lavish sets almost to a fault. There are very few tight shots of the characters, and thus an emotional intimacy is missing. We don't connect with the players. It doesn't help that Martine Carol isn't much of an actress.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer

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