1940, Film Desk, 89 min, France, Dir: Max Ophüls

Director Max Ophüls’ final European film before emigrating to Hollywood is a frothy romance on the surface, but world war was brewing underneath, both on screen and off. John Lodge is Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose love of a Czech aristocrat (Edwige Feuillère) and vision for Austria’s future put him at odds with his father - the country’s emperor - and ultimately into the crosshairs of an assassin. “The director’s lavish eye for the pomp of power is untinged with nostalgia; his vision of the era begins with a phony press release and ends in disaster.” - Richard Brody, The New Yorker. In French with English subtitles.

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