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Dazzling Film

By Curtis Stotlar
Written July 20, 2012
Some have complained in the past that Martine Carole was not a brilliant actress and I actually agree to a certain extent. This movie, however is much more about the men whose lives she affects rather than the woman herself and that's where I think some people get lost. She is there in their lives - just present. The role of Lola Montes was never intended to be an Oscar-oriented display of egregious over-acting but quite the contrary. The men around her on the other hand play their parts to perfection - as does the cameraman and the director as well. The color scheme in this film is magnificent, not just in the circus scenes but in the "seasons" of Lola's live...the cool blue-whites of winter and the autumnal colors of fall where the director actually had entire landscapes painted brown to match the dying flirtations with composer Franz Liszt. The music is gorgeous (but overstated slightly at the very beginning) and Ophuls' camera is constantly on the prowl Great work.
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