Liebelei (Flirtation) (Light O'Love) (Playing at Love)

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Liebelei is one of the earliest of the cinematic banquets directed by German filmmaker Max Ophuls. The film, set in imperial Vienna, concerns the romance between a young girl and a lieutenant. A powerful baron misreads the lieutenant's ardor, assuming that it is being directed towards his own wife. A duel follows which, no matter how it turns out, will spell tragedy for at least one of the characters we care about. The central character is portrayed by Magda Schneider, the mother of 1960s film star Romy Schneider. Liebelei was filmed in two different languages, German and French; the latter version was titled Une Histoire D'Amour. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Liebelei (Flirtation) (Light O'Love) (Playing at Love)

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Audience Reviews for Liebelei (Flirtation) (Light O'Love) (Playing at Love)

  • Jul 10, 2011
    Ophüls masterpiece before exiting Germany, set in the turn-of-the-century Vienna, in which love and "liebelei" are the main recipe. This brilliant introspective work assigns a great relevance on the emotions and inner thoughts of the characters. Scenes consist in close-ups, landscapes speaking that which characters can't put into words, and prolonged shots of the facial expressions of the characters while they are being told something, while we wait for some kind of response from them, like watching someone in the face without blinking. 99/100
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  • Nov 21, 2008
    a fine early work of max ophuls, before he fled germany and the rise of the nazis. the archetypal romantic tear jerker has some beautiful scenes and displays many of ophuls' trademarks. with a charming lead performance by magda schneider, the mother of romy, who would herself play the part in 1958 remake of the film called 'christine' opposite young alain delon. ophuls himself also reshot the film in french using most of the original cast and retitled une histoire d'amour. as in most cases, the original is best
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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