The real Lola Montes was one of the wildest characters of the nineteenth century, a dancer, actress and courtesan who was romantically involved with both Franz Liszt and the Bavarian king Ludwig I, who made her a countess. Fittingly, she was memorialized in the 1955 film Lola Montes, by Max Ophüls, a surreal, colorful and romantic work with a history almost as controversial as her own. Available only in a damaged, severely cut form for years, it was recently restored for suc-cessful showings at Cannes and a general release. The new print is as close to the directors original vision as possible finally making whats arguably one of the greatest movies ever created available to the general public.
Lola Montes opens tonight at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli. Tickets are $9.50 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456, ext. 250.
Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2008