LOLA MONTÈS
1955, Janus Films, 115 min, France/West Germany, Dir: Max Ophuls

Director Max Ophuls' last completed film is based on the life of dancer and femme fatale Lola Montez (1821-1861). This epic historical romance revolves around the two most famous of Lola’s many affairs - with composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The most expensive European film of its time, LOLA MONTÈS flopped at the box office, but its artistic influence is highly acclaimed by film critics to the present day.


THE LIFE AND DEATH OF COLONEL BLIMP
1943, Park Circus, 163 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

One of British cinema’s crowning glories, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s stunning epic hopscotches between the end of the Boer War and World Wars I and II, and charts the heartbreaking attempts of gentlemanly officer Clive Candy (Roger Livesey) to find his ideal woman, embodied in three different forms by the gorgeous Deborah Kerr, while he spars with German officer Anton Walbrook.


THE RED SHOES
1948, Park Circus/MGM, 133 min, UK, Dir: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

A delirious, shimmering Technicolor dream of a movie, THE RED SHOES stars Scottish dancer-turned-actress Moira Shearer (in her film debut) as an aspiring ballerina caught between the maniacal, domineering passion of impresario Anton Walbrook and the equally-controlling love of composer Marius Goring. An awesome, superbly fluid blending of dance, a Golden Globe-winning score and Jack Cardiff’s Technicolor cinematography.


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