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Lola is a woman of no talent or substance, a woman whose sex appeal and brash pursuit of her own self-interest made possible a rapid ascent and precipitous fall, literalized here in a climb up the dizzying heights of the circus tent and a climactic dive to the ground, without the aid of a safety net. —Chris Wisniewski
At the Music Box this week is a beautifully restored version of Max Ophuls’s 1955 masterpiece Lola Montes. Do not miss it. I’m tempted to go back and see it again every single night despite the inertness of Martine Carol’s Lola, but think I may just settle for rewatching Ophuls’s equally amazing The Earrings of Madame de . . .