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MAX OPHÜLS

January 5 to January 11

The accepted wisdom that high style and grand emotion are somehow antithetical is given the lie by the sublime cinema of Max Ophüls, in which the two walk happily hand in hand. An international filmmaker whose career took him all over Europe, through Hollywood, and back to Paris before his premature death in 1957, Ophüls was a sensitive director of actors whose frame moved with peerless, sweeping grace. No less a virtuoso than Stanley Kubrick called him master when discussing his personal canon in 1963, stating “Highest of all I would rate Max Ophüls, who for me possessed every possible quality.” Who are we to disagree?

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