LSD Presents: Lola Montès (1955)


This December, the Berlin Film Society is taking an alternative approach to the usual  festivities, showing two films with complex and somewhat dark subject matter as an antidote to the Christmas takeover.


Date: Sat 14th Dec. 2013

Time: 19:00 Doors || 21:00 Film || 23:00 After Party

Venue: Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi, Gustav-Adolf-Str. 2, 13086




Berlin Film Society ‘s official Christmas event features the dazzling and epic fictionalized tale Lola Montès, based on the scandalous real life 19th century courtesan and showgirl. Directed by influential German filmmaker Max Ophüls, this was to be his last masterpiece and has since been called ‘the greatest film of all time’ by the prominent American film critic Andrew Sarris. The film is a ravishing and extravagant cinematic tour-de-force which portrays the life, loves and tragic downfall of Lola Montès.


Max Ophüls was a motion-picture director whose mastery of fluid camera movement gave his films a characteristic lyrical flow. He was one of the first truly international directors, sensitive to national differences and to the human qualities common to all his characters. Ophüls focused on women in love. However, this love is neither sweet nor romantic but fraught with unhappiness, obsession, betrayal, male mistreatment and exploitation, misfortune and tragedy.

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