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Archival Print


Magda Schneider, Wolfgang Liebeneiner, Luise Ullrich, Willy Eichberger,

Max Ophuls’s adaptation of a Schnitzler drama is both a sharp critique of outmoded social conventions and a lyrical evocation of former times and loves. “Since I met you, the past doesn’t count,” a sensitive lieutenant tells his new sweetheart on an idyllic sleigh ride in turn-of-the-century Vienna. Experience proves, however, that the past can be a matter of life and death. Liebelei was released in Germany with the names of Ophuls (né Oppenheimer) and Schnitzler pointedly excised from the credits. But the film is unmistakably Ophuls, from its atmosphere of morally dubious Old World elegance to its devastating tracking shots.

Juliet Clark
  • Hans Wilhelm
  • Curt Alexander
  • Max Ophuls
Based On
  • The play by Arthur Schnitzler

  • Franz Planer
  • German
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 88 mins
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy Film Archive
  • Rialto Pictures

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Flirtation (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, 2002

Max Ophuls: moving pictures (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1999

You are invited to press screenings of Max Ophuls' films Liebelei and La Signora di Tutti (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Tracking eternity: Max Ophuls' moving pictures (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kent Jones, 1999

Max Ophuls: moving pictures (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Max Ophuls: moving pictures (flyer), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Liebelei (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1985

Max Ophuls (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Paul Willemen, 1978

Ophuls (monograph), British Film Institute, Paul Willemen, 1978

Liebelei (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, Christopher Adcock, 1978

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