Author Archive for: ‘Douglas Pye’

Falling Women and Fallible Narrators

Several of Max Ophüls’ late films make elaborate use of narrators who, in different ways, tell the story, or at least major parts of it: Lisa (Joan Fontaine) in Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948), the meneur de jeu (Anton Walbrook) in La Ronde (1950), ‘Maupassant’ (Jean Servais) in Le Plaisir (1951) and the Ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) in Lola Montès …

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