This historical romance and last film by Max Ophüls is based on the dramatic life of the famous dancer, singer and courtesan Lola Montes. The still beautiful but ageing and disillusioned Lola became a star performer in an American circus. Her number consisted of parading the most scandalous events of her life, from the unhappy marriage to her own mother's boyfriend to tumultuous relationships with famous personalities of the 19th century, including real kings.
The iconic German director started working as a theatre actor at an early age, eventually also directing. He discovered cinema as Anatole Litvak's assistant and throughout his career in Germany, France and the USA, he made many films that belong to the classics of the world cinema. He was nominated for two Oscars and won a FIPRESCI for lifetime achievement at Berlinale.
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