Date of Birth: May 6, 1902
Biography: Maximillian Oppenheimer (6 May 1902 – 26 March 1957), known as Max Ophüls, was a German-French film director who worked in Germany (1931–1933), France (1933–1940 and 1950–1957), and the United States (1947–1950).
Total Credits at Criticker: 22 (Director), 3 (Writer)
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The film tells the tragical 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. (imdb)
In the Paris of the early 20th century, Louise, wife of a general, sells the earrings her husband gave her: she needs money for a gambling debt... (imdb)
Three stories about the pleasure. The first one is about a man hiding his age behind a mask to keep going to balls and fancying women - pleasure and youth. Then comes the long tale of Mme Tellier taking her girls (whores) to the country for attending her niece's communion - pleasure and purity. And lastly, Jean the painter falling in love with his model - pleasure and death. (imdb)
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid and does similarly with the young man of the house (imdb)
It was her childhood dream come true. She had married a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a tormented nightmare once she realized the truth about her husband. He was more than a millionaire, he was absolutely insane (imdb)
After discovering the dead body of Bea Harper's lover, Bea's mother Lucia hides the body under the assumption that it was her daughter who killed the man. Martin Donnelly comes to blackmail Lucia on behalf of his partner Nagel and falls in love with Lucia instead. Nagel wants the money and Donnelly kills Nagel to protect Lucia, and then kills himself to end the impossible relationship with the married Lucia. (imdb)
In Vienna, about 1900, a dashing man arrives at his flat, instructing his manservant that he will leave before morning: the man is Stefan Brand... (imdb)
Charles II, the King of England, finds himself in exile in Holland, where he falls in love with a beautiful farm-girl. (imdb)
A reconceptualization of the scandalous relationship between Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his great love, Countess Sophie Chotek. Typically Ophülsian in its portrayal of undying love against all obstacles, the film also weaves in a political commentary by continuing the story right up until that fateful day in Sarajevo...
The story of a once-respectable woman who re-encounters her first love, now a successful doctor. Reduced to nude-dancing in a sleazy dive, with a son to support, Evelyne (Edwige Feuillère) borrows money at an outrageous interest rate in order to create a facade of respectability--and, it goes without saying, Georges falls in love with her all over again. But how can Evelyne maintain her bourgeois value and save son and "father" from the consequences of her fall?
The highly sensitive young law clerk Werther, drawn to the simple peasant life in the village of Wahlheim, falls in love with Charlotte, who is already betrothed to his older friend. Suffering intensely and exquisitely, Werther languishes close to the now married Lotte, leading a dissipated life until he can bear his unrequited love for her no longer.
Based on a novel by Maurice Dekobra, the film is set in the Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Tokyo, in the nineteenth century. It depicts a love triangle between a high-class prostitute, a Russian naval officer, and a rickshaw man.
Unable to find work, Brand attempts suicide but is saved by an offer he can't refuse: to run a company that develops housing for the poor. He is offered the job - far above his previous station - because all assume that Brand has hidden 50,000 pounds and has it at his disposal. (chainedtothecinematheque.blogspot.com)
Valse brillante de Chopin (1936) - Short Film
Max Ophuls directs this short film of Chopin's Valse Brillante. (imdb)
Annette is giving an engagement party for her daughter. However, the daughter's true love is not her fiance, but an air ace. The ghost of Annette's dead husband comes to watch the party. He is joined by the ghosts of two other lovers of Annette, the lion tamer Rodrigo, and her first sweetheart, a sailor. The three ghosts discuss how their relationships to Annette ruined their lives. (imdb)
A country girl (Simone Berriau) finds work as a chorus girl in Paris, gets embroiled with a bad egg, and then finds true love with a good-looking milkman.
A famous singer & actress (Miranda) attempts suicide. As a number of doctors attempt to revive her, she slips back into the memories that shaped her life...
Vienna in the beginning of the twentieth century. Cavalry Lieutenant Fritz Lobheimer is about to end his affair with Baroness Eggerdorff when he meets the young Christine, the daughter of an opera violinist. Baron Eggerdorff however soon hears of his past misfortune... (imdb)
Alternate language version of Liebelei.
After the death of his uncle, the owner of Bockelmann Champagne, Peter turns up for the reading of the will. Justus Bockelmann, a producer of mineral water, is confident he will inherit the business, but 'for reasons of moral rectitude' he has no intention of running an 'alcoholic business'. The opening of the will comes as a surprise to all the potential heirs. (worldcinema.com)
Bohemia in the 19th century, stage-coach driver Hans, loves the mayor's daughter Marie, but she is promised Wenzel, the son of another wealthy farmer. Marie refuses to marry Wenzel because of Hans, but the marriage arranger tries to "buy" Marie from Hans. (imdb)
Die verliebte Firma was Max Ophüls' first feature film. The story follows a movie crew who is filming a musical in a small and idyllic alpine village. After their temperamental leading lady drops out of the film, they decide to replace her with the village's young post office clerk Gretl, who returns to Berlin with them. There she has to struggle with the movie's all-male crew, who all try to woo and win her. (imdb)