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362 Ratings


Directed by Max Ophüls
Germany, 1933


In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a young officer (Wolfgang Liebeneiner) and the daughter of a violinist (Magda Schneider, mother of Romy) fall in love and seem to be destined for happiness. Then, a duel over a married woman puts the lovers in jeopardy…

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Liebelei Directed by Max Ophüls

Critics reviews

Militarist strictures and emotional impulses are the contrasting poles of this masterpiece, laid out in Arthur Schnitzler’s original scenario and given the pianissimo Ophüls treatment, caressing tracking shots that are actually outlines of the characters’ many social, class, gender cages.
January 03, 2012
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