It tries to hard to be charming if you ask me and everything feels so false with the disney fairytale concept of a storyteller and angelic choirs and strings that it adopts so wholeheartedly. There are amusingly playful moments in there of course and the cinematography as always with Ophüls is a delight but it didn't do it for me.
After a brief but successful stay in Hollywood German-born Ophuls returned to his adopted France and ended his career with four highly regarded films, of which this is the first. Set in a fairytale Vienna quite unlike the one shown by Reed in the previous year's The Third Man, Walbrook is the master of ceremonies who narrates a series of stories about brief encounters and love affairs. Stylish and supremely elegant..
For witty high-concept movies with absolute control of visual delight embedded with melancholic musings on social class and the silly boundaries we put between us and our heart, this movie comes with full endorsement! I was surprised how 97 minutes could feel like thirty. Its breezy, full of artifice and yet captures an emotional reality that I seriously need to return to as soon as possible!