Directed by Max Ophuls
Ophuls' opulent biography of the
famous 19th-century courtesan whose adventures and love affairs with King
Ludwig I, Liszt and a student are told in flashback from a circus ring by
the ring master, Peter Ustinov. Brilliant use of color and Cinemascope,
breathtaking shots and camera movements; Ophuls conjures up a sublime work
that is pure cinema. With Martine Carol, Anton Walbrook, Ivan Desny and
Oskar Werner. French with English subtitles.