Her Name Was Lola

A restored controversial classic hits the Starz screen.

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 director’s original vision as possible — finally making what’s 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

 
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