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THE EXILE

THE EXILE

THE EXILE

1947 / 95min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MAX OPHÜLS

CAST: DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR, MARIA MONTEZ, RITA CORDAY

Fleeing a Europe in flames, Ophüls found no work in Hollywood after his arrival in 1941, but his fortunes changed thanks to Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., then self-producing a star vehicle costume drama and looking for a director who could bring the right blend of sophistication and panache to the project. The result was a custom-fit between actor and filmmaker, a movie of verve and charm set against the backdrop of the English Civil War whose theme of exile coincidentally connected to Ophüls’s own recent experiences.