Vienna in the beginning of the twentieth century. Cavalry Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer is about to end his affair Read More »
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In the charming community of Balboa 50 miles from Los Angeles, middle-class housewife Lucia Harper Read More »
In the Paris of the late 19th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her as a wedding gift: she needs money to cover her debts. Read More »
When bank messenger Brand realises that 50,000 pounds sterling have gone missing in Amsterdam, it is a catastrophe for him. Read More »
The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction Read More »
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. Read More »
It was Leonora Eames’ childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. Read More »
Ludivine Jarisse is a young woman who lives a contented but unexciting life in the country. Read More »
La Tendre ennemie / The Tender Enemy (1936) Max Ophüls, Simone Berriau, Catherine Fonteney, Laure Diana, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Two ghosts attend an engagement party, unseen by the other guests. One ghost, Dupont, is the father of the bride-to-be. Read More »
Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women – pleasure and youth. Read More »
Maria Montez was accorded top billing in this film by contractual agreement, although she is in the picture only long enough to take a bath in a tricky 17th century Read More »
La signora di tutti / Everybody’s Woman (1934) Max Ophüls, Isa Miranda, Memo Benassi, Tatyana Pavlova, Drama
Gaby is expelled from school after a married teacher commits suicide after telling her he can’t live without her. Though she has done nothing, she is punished for his act.
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De Mayerling à Sarajevo / From Mayerling to Sarajevo (1940) Max Ophüls, Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge, Aimé Clariond, Drama
In the late 1800’s, Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian empire, falls for Sophie Chotek, a Czech countess. He’s already a problem to the Crown because of his political ideas; this love affair with someone not of royal blood breeches protocol. The Crown allows the union only after the couple agrees to a morganatic marriage. The emperor further neutralizes Franz by making him inspector general of the army, sending him afield for months at a time. In June of 1914, fearing for his safety, Sophie seeks permission to accompany Franz to Sarajevo; protocol dictates that no army troops attend Franz while she is present. An assassin strikes. Their deaths spark World War I.
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Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) Max Ophüls, Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Drama, Romance
In Vienna, about 1900, a dashing man arrives at his flat, instructing his manservant that he will leave before morning: the man is Stefan Brand, formerly a concert pianist, planning to leave Vienna to avoid a duel. His servant gives him a letter from an unknown woman, which he reads. In flashbacks we see the lifelong passion of Lisa Berndle for him: first as a girl who was his neighbor; next as a young woman who, in secret, has his child; then as a mature woman who meets him again and abandons husband and son to be with him. Each time he does not remember who she is or that they have ever met. By morning, he has finished the letter, and her husband awaits satisfaction.
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Sans lendemain / There’s No Tomorrow (1939) Max Ophüls, Edwige Feuillère, George Rigaud, Daniel Lecourtois, Drama
The story of a once-respectable woman who re-encounters her first love, now a successful doctor. Reduced to nude-dancing in a sleazy dive, with a son to support, Evelyne (Edwige Feuillère) borrows money at an outrageous interest rate in order to create a facade of respectability–and, it goes without saying, Georges falls in love with her all over again. But how can Evelyne maintain her bourgeois value and save son and “father” from the consequences of her fall?
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