LIEBELEI
1933, Rialto Pictures, 68 min, Germany, Dir: Max Ophuls

Set in turn-of-the-century Austria, this exquisite film starts out following an innocent love affair and takes a tragic turn. Based on Arthur Schnitzler’s play, LIEBELEI represents both Max Ophuls’ biggest triumph and his last film before the rise of the Nazis.


LOLA MONTÈS
1955, Janus Films, 115 min, France/West Germany, Dir: Max Ophuls

Director Max Ophuls' last completed film is based on the life of dancer and femme fatale Lola Montez (1821-1861). This epic historical romance revolves around the two most famous of Lola’s many affairs - with composer Franz Liszt and King Ludwig I of Bavaria. The most expensive European film of its time, LOLA MONTÈS flopped at the box office, but its artistic influence is highly acclaimed by film critics to the present day.


POSSESSED
1931, Warner Bros., 76 min, USA, Dir: Clarence Brown

Factory worker Joan Crawford becomes the mistress of a high-powered attorney running for political office (Clark Gable) in this pre-Code classic of sex, Depression-era politics and star chemistry. Crawford's role set the tone for her many movies to come in which she would play working girls on the rise. In this, their third film together, Crawford and Gable clicked onscreen with audiences and each other, engaging in a passionate affair that was widely gossiped about on the MGM lot.


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