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Max Ophüls Frankrike, 1955

tidal waif's rating of the film Lola Montès

+A tad too gaudy for my admittedly non-palatine palate, Lola Montes is interesting for the feedback loop of memories and accrued somatized discomfort it plays through its central character, each reenactment of a disreputed life dragging to surface layers that seldom fail to take a toll. Lola is a witch of yore in updated costume: her ambivalent cult involves both the spell of celebrity and gleeful joy at her burnout.