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Max Ophüls Frankrike, 1955

William R Clark's rating of the film Lola Montès

3.5, the ambition is just to take his marvelous command over the craft and deploy it like sandpaper to wood. Montes is not only more passive than I imagined, but also with less interiority, a decision which serves to buttress the high level of aesthetic pretension while making it all feel a little disingenuous. The clown/manager actor gives so much to his role, you realize what you're missing. Brilliance, at a cost.