This exacting and sumptuous restoration of Max Ophüls's last film, from 1955, recovers not just the movie's look but also its meaning.
"...lingers as a sensational fever dream."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
as Lola, Martine Carol should compel our attention, but instead merely toys with it
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ophuls... contrasts the outrageous sensationalism of her reputation... with offstage moments of tender candor and poignant, poetic flashbacks
Watch Lola Montes and you may never watch a movie the same way again.
Lola Montes is mainly a triumph of vibrancy and metaphor. Nonetheless it's quite an experience.
Seen on a big screen, this is a movie to get drunk on.
| Original Score: 4/4
With all due respect to film critic Andrew Sarris, Max Ophüls' legendary Lola Montès is not 'the greatest film ever made.'
| Original Score: 4/5
Max Ophüls' 1955 masterpiece gets a superb restoration.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Some fetching period observation appears from time to time, but life is rarely breathed into this frilly opus.
A baroque masterpiece by Max Ophuls, his last film (1955) and his only work in color and wide-screen.
Lola Montès could never be confused for realism in any format: home video, theater or iPod. But its effectiveness as a tragedy relies on Ophüls setting out a luxurious spread for his hapless heroine.
| Original Score: 4/6
I recommend Lola Montès wholeheartedly both for its sensuous delights and its ever exquisite artistry.
Ophüls' style co-stars, paralleling and reinforcing stage artificiality with tracking and crane and pan shots, fluidly tilting to emphasize romance as opposed to "reality."
A bodice-ripper invested with the profundity of a Stendhal novel, Lola Montes is also, even more than La Ronde, Ophüls's definite commentary on movie-watching.
One of the most beautiful films ever made.
The idea behind this biopic might be brilliant but I didn't see the film's magic onscreen.
| Original Score: C+
Ophüls conjures that space into life -- indeed, makes it the very subject of his film -- by means of the most sumptuous stylistic effects imaginable.