Max Ophüls was a director both popular with audiences and greatly admired by other filmmakers, including Welles, Truffaut, Kurosawa and Kubrick. Ophüls’ films all share the same preoccupations: theater and spectacle, music, the past, memory, and the tension between social roles and self-consciousness. Above all, Ophüls' films have style. In cinema the word "stylist" is too often used to suggest a skillful decorator who applies pretty touches to cover up an absence of meaning; Ophüls' style, on the contrary, creates meaning. His virtuosic camera movements are the essence of rhythm, tempo, mood and texture.
Follow the earrings of Madam De, the wife of a 19th century generals wife, as they are used to pay off a debt, given to a mistress, and returned to the original owner. A rich film full of lust, deceit and vanity. (French with English subtitles; 1953; B&W; dir. Max Ophuls)
A story full of seduction and desire. Film witnesses a series of affairs in Vienna, during the year 1900. (France, 1950, B&W, 93 mins, dir. Max Ophuls, with Simone Signoret & Anton Walbrook, French with English subtitles)
The film tells the tragic story of the life of Lola Montes who was a great adventurer and stopped being the attraction of her circus after having been the lover of various important men. (France, 1955, 110 min, dir. Max Ophuls, with Martine Carol & Peter Ustinov, French with English subtitles)
Frederick Loren has invited five strangers stay the night in his haunted house. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They will all arrived in a hearse. (USA, 1959, 75 mins., balck & white, dir. William Castle, with Vincent Price & Carolyn Craig)