Lola Montes

2016 | Wearing Time, Miami

Saturday 30 January 20:15

France, 1955. Directed by Max Ophüls. With Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, and Anton Walbrook. Costume design by Georges Annenkov. Set design by Robert Christidès. Color. French with English subtitles. c. 116 mins

The final film by director Max Ophüls presents the life of the scandalous nineteenth-century courtesan Lola Montes as it might have been presented by a circus manager like P.T. Barnum. In breathtaking cinemascope and eye-popping color, spectacle competes with moments of tenderness and loss as Montes’ life is replayed as an acrobatic fashion show version of the remembrance of things past. Peter Ustinov gives a deadpan performance as the circus master whose zeal for profits may conceal a deeper passion, as he summons up flashbacks of Montes’s affairs with Franz Liszt and the King of Bavaria.

Screenings and talks are complimentary and take place at Fashion Project, Bal Harbour Shops, Level 3.

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