FROM MAYERLING TO SARAJEVO
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.


LE PLAISIR
1952, Janus Films, 97 min, Dir: Max Ophuls

Max Ophuls brings his opulent, dazzling style to this triptych of tales by Guy de Maupassant about the ironies, compromises and pleasures of the human condition. Set in an array of richly textured, late 19th-century locales, spanning the bucolic French countryside to the artists’ studios and urban bordellos of Paris. With an all-star French cast including Jean Gabin, Simone Simon and Danielle Darrieux. Stanley Kubrick once named it as his favorite film. In French with English subtitles.


THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE…
MADAME DE...
1953, Janus Films, 105 min, France, Italy, Dir: Max Ophuls

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE…, 1953, Janus Films, 105 min. "Director Max Ophuls' THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE... is a romantic tragedy at its most sublime, in which the beautiful wife (Danielle Darrieux) of a rich, titled general (Charles Boyer) falls in love with a handsome, equally aristocratic Italian diplomat (Vittorio De Sica) amidst the most opulent Belle Epoque settings. A pair of diamond earrings triggers a chain of events that sets a deceptively light tone for the 1953 film." – Kevin Thomas. In French with English subtitles.


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