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Max Ophüls is a Director, Scriptwriter and Assistant Director Allemand born on 6 may 1902 at Saarbrücken (German)

Max Ophüls

Max Ophüls
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Birth name Maximillian Oppenheimer
Nationality German
Birth 6 may 1902 at Saarbrücken (German)
Death 26 march 1957 (at 54 years) at Hamburg (German)

Maximillian Oppenheimer (6 May 1902 – 26 March 1957) – known as Max Ophüls – was an influential German-born film director who worked in Germany (1931–33), France (1933–40), the United States (1947–50), and France again (1950–57). He made nearly 30 films, with those from the last period being especially notable: La Ronde (1950), Le Plaisir (1952), The Earrings of Madame de... (1953) and Lola Montès (1955).

Best films

La Ronde (1950)

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Filmography of Max Ophüls (27 films)

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The Lovers of Montparnasse, 1h43
Directed by Jacques Becker, Max Ophüls
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Peinture, Films about suicide
Actors Gérard Philipe, Lilli Palmer, Lino Ventura, Lea Padovani, Anouk Aimée, Gérard Séty
Rating74% 3.7374253.7374253.7374253.7374253.737425
Le film raconte les dernières années d'Amedeo Modigliani, de la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale à sa mort en 1920, à Montparnasse, qui est à l’époque en plein essor artistique.
Lola Montès, 1h56
Directed by Marcel Ophüls, Max Ophüls, Claude Pinoteau, Alain Jessua
Origin France
Genres Drama, Biography, Romance
Themes Circus films
Actors Martine Carol, Peter Ustinov, Anton Walbrook, Oskar Werner, Lise Delamare, Paulette Dubost
Rating72% 3.645713.645713.645713.645713.64571
In the mid-19th-century, Lola Montès (Martine Carol) is a famous, past-her-prime dancer and courtesan who has led an eventful and highly scandalous life. (She supposedly holds a world record for number of lovers.) She is now reduced to performing in a New Orleans circus, where an impresario/ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) has both befriended and exploited her by making her the central attraction. In the course of a single circus performance — which dramatically reenacts Lola's life and career — flashbacks reveal, first, her affair with composer Franz Liszt (Will Quadflieg); second, her unhappy youth and marriage to her own mother's boyfriend, Lt. Thomas James (Ivan Desny); and then her scandalous public breakup with conductor Claudio Pirotto (Claude Pinoteau). Along the way, her career as a dancer and "actress" has its ups and downs and she initially rejects the career advances of a younger version of Ustinov's impresario. In a longer flashback, constituting most of the second half of the film, her career as courtesan reaches a peak: her affair with the Bavarian King Ludwig I (Anton Walbrook), which incenses his subjects and leads to his eventual downfall in the March Revolution of 1848. In a final circus sequence, Lola — a "fallen woman" — ascends to the apex of the big top tent for a symbolic, death-defying plunge. She is last seen allowing herself to be touched, or kissed, by a very long queue of male, fee-paying circus patrons.
The Earrings of Madame de..., 1h40
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Charles Boyer, Danielle Darrieux, Vittorio De Sica, Jean Debucourt, Jean Galland, Mireille Perrey
Rating79% 3.997963.997963.997963.997963.99796
Louise (Danielle Darrieux) is an aristocratic woman of Belle Époque Paris, married to André (Charles Boyer), both a count and a high-ranking French army general. Louise is a beautiful, but spoiled and superficial, woman who has amassed debts due to her lifestyle. She arranges to secretly sell her costly heart-shaped diamond earrings, a wedding present from her husband, to the original jeweler, Mr Rémy (Jean Debucourt). Relations between Louise and André are companionable, but they sleep in separate beds, have no children, and André has a secret mistress, of whom he has recently tired. Louise disguises the disappearance of the earrings by pretending to have lost them at the opera. The search for them eventually reaches the newspapers ("Theft at the Theatre") which in turn prompts Rémy to go to André and "discreetly" offer to sell them back. He accepts cheerfully and, rather than confront his wife, coolly gifts the earrings to his mistress, Lola (Lia Di Leo) whom he happens to be seeing off permanently to Constantinople.
Le Plaisir
Le Plaisir (1952)
, 1h37
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Peinture, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Claude Dauphin, Peter Ustinov, Daniel Gélin, Paul Azaïs, Gaby Morlay, Danielle Darrieux
Rating77% 3.894873.894873.894873.894873.89487
A somewhat artificial looking young dandy goes to an ornate dance hall, where he finds a young woman to be his dance partner. When he faints from the exertion, a doctor is called. He discovers that the dandy is in fact an old man wearing a mask to hide his aged appearance. The doctor takes the old man home to his patient wife. She explains that her husband Ambroise used to attract the ladies who frequented the hairdresser salon where he worked, but in the space of two years, he lost his looks. He goes out in disguise in an attempt to recapture his youth.
La Ronde
La Ronde (1950)
, 1h50
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin France
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about prostitution, Films based on plays
Actors Jean-Louis Barrault, Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, Daniel Gélin, Serge Reggiani, Odette Joyeux
Rating76% 3.846573.846573.846573.846573.84657
It tells a series of stories about love affairs or illicit meetings involving a prostitute, a soldier, a chambermaid, her employer's son, a married woman, her husband, a young girl, a poet, an actress and a count. At the end of each encounter, one of the partners forms a liaison with another person, and so on.
Vendetta (1950)
, 1h23
Directed by Max Ophüls, Howard Hughes, Jr., Mel Ferrer, Preston Sturges, Stuart Heisler
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films
Actors Faith Domergue, George Dolenz, Joseph Calleia, Robert Warwick, Hugo Haas, Hillary Brooke
Rating62% 3.145253.145253.145253.145253.14525
In 1825, in the village of Pietranera in French-controlled Corsica, hot-blooded maiden Colomba della Rabia (Faith Domergue) wants her brother Orso (George Dolenz) to avenge the murder of their father by the powerful Barracini family. Despite being a lieutenant, Orso is a man of peace and reason who opposes the Corsican practice of vendetta and revenge; he is more interested in courting the beautiful English aristocrat, Lydia Nevil (Hillary Brooke), who is vacationing on the island with her father, Col. Sir Thomas Nevil (Nigel Bruce).
Caught (1949)
, 1h28
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Romance
Actors Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan, James Mason, Frank Ferguson, Curt Bois, Natalie Schafer
Rating70% 3.545233.545233.545233.545233.54523
Young model Leonora Eames marries multimillionaire Smith Ohlrig. Ohlrig though is deranged and did not marry for love. Eames insists several times that she married for love, but the film suggests that she is deluding herself. When Ohlrig becomes too abusive, she leaves him, penniless, to find a job at a medical clinic in a poor neighborhood and eventually falls for Dr. Larry Quinada.
The Reckless Moment, 1h22
Directed by Max Ophüls, Earl Bellamy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks, Shepperd Strudwick, Henry O'Neill, Roy Roberts
Rating70% 3.5470753.5470753.5470753.5470753.547075
California housewife Lucia Harper (Joan Bennett) attempts to cover up what she believes (erroneously) to be her daughter (Geraldine Brooks)'s accidental killing of an undesirable ex-lover Darby (Shepperd Strudwick).
Letter from an Unknown Woman, 1h26
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about music and musicians, Piano, Films about disabilities, Personne sourde ou muette
Actors Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Erskine Sanford, Marcel Journet, Betty Blythe, Art Smith
Rating79% 3.999453.999453.999453.999453.99945
In Vienna in the early twentieth century, Lisa (Joan Fontaine), a teenager living in an apartment complex, becomes fascinated by a new tenant, concert pianist Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan). Stefan is making a name for himself through energetic performances. Lisa becomes obsessed with Stefan, staying up late to listen to him play, and sneaking into his apartment and admiring him from a distance. Despite her actions, they only meet once and Stefan takes little notice of her.
The Exile
The Exile (1947)
, 1h35
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin USA
Genres Swashbuckler, Adventure, Romance
Actors Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., María Montez, Rita Corday, Henry Daniell, Nigel Bruce, Robert Coote
Rating66% 3.341443.341443.341443.341443.34144
In 1660, Charles Stuart (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), deposed as king of England by Oliver Cromwell and the Roundheads, is in exile in the Netherlands with a few loyalists, awaiting the right opportunity to return. Whilst bartering in a local marketplace, he meets Katie (Rita Corday), a Dutch farm owner and flower seller.
From Mayerling to Sarajevo, 1h35
Directed by Jean-Paul Le Chanois, Max Ophüls, Jean Faurez
Origin France
Genres Drama, Historical, Romance
Themes Political films, Films about royalty
Actors Edwige Feuillère, John Lodge, Aimé Clariond, Jean Debucourt, Jean Worms, Gabrielle Dorziat
Rating67% 3.3809653.3809653.3809653.3809653.380965
Après la mort de son cousin Rodolphe lors du drame de Mayerling, l'archiduc François-Ferdinand, neveu de l'empereur François-Joseph, est devenu l'héritier de la couronne d'Autriche-Hongrie. Prince éclairé, François-Ferdinand envisage une réforme de l'empire, basée sur l'égalité entre ses peuples. Il rencontre la comtesse Sophie Chotek, dont il tombe amoureux et qu'il décide d'épouser, bravant ainsi son oncle. Leur histoire d'amour se terminera tragiquement lors de leur assassinat à Sarajevo.
There's No Tomorrow, 1h22
Directed by Max Ophüls, Henri Aisner
Origin France
Genres Drama
Actors Edwige Feuillère, George Rigaud, Daniel Lecourtois, Michel François, Georges Lannes, Pauline Carton
Rating73% 3.664173.664173.664173.664173.66417
Après un mariage malheureux, une femme du monde est contrainte de devenir danseuse nue dans un cabaret pour élever son jeune fils.
The Novel of Werther, 1h25
Directed by Max Ophüls, Jacqueline Audry, Henri Aisner
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about suicide
Actors Pierre Richard-Willm, Annie Vernay, Jean Galland, Jean Périer, Edmond Beauchamp, Georges Bever
Rating69% 3.4719553.4719553.4719553.4719553.471955
« Werther aime d'un amour profond Charlotte, la fiancée de son ami Albert ; voulant trouver l'oubli, il s'enfuit. Cependant, sa passion le ramène irrésistiblement près de Charlotte et, bien que celle-ci, pendant son absence, ait épousé Albert, il n'en rentre pas moins en rapport suivis avec elle. Troublée et vaincue, la jeune femme se jette un jour dans ses bras. Mais aussitôt, furieuse et repentante, elle lui défend sa porte. Werther prend la résolution de disparaître et se tue d'un coup de pistolet. »
Yoshiwara (1937)
, 1h42
Directed by Max Ophüls
Origin France
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Erotic thriller films
Actors Pierre Richard-Willm, Sessue Hayakawa, Roland Toutain, Lucienne Le Marchand, André Gabriello, Camille Bert
Rating64% 3.2366653.2366653.2366653.2366653.236665
Yoshiwara est le quartier réservé de Tokyo, où les geishas exercent leur métier. Afin de sauver leur patrimoine familial en danger, les parents de Kohana envoient celle-ci se prostituer. Là, elle fait la connaissance de plusieurs personnages, dont le lieutenant russe Serge Polenoff et le coolie Isamo. La rivalité amoureuse des deux hommes va finir en drame.