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Also Known As: Max Opuls, Max Oppenheimer, Max Opuls Died: March 26, 1957
Born: May 6, 1902 Cause of Death: rheumatic heart condition
Birth Place: Germany Profession: director, screenwriter, actor, songwriter

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Much of Max Ophuls' life was spent dealing with a series of adverse experiences: being a Jew in Nazi Germany, forced eviction from two countries, unemployment in America, innumerable terminated projects, limited distribution of his pictures, and lack of critical appreciation in his lifetime. However, Ophuls persevered and drew strength from this adversity. In his 25 years of filmmaking he completed 22 films, at least a third of which are now considered masterpieces, and Ophuls has finally been recognized as one of the great directors.

Much of Max Ophuls' life was spent dealing with a series of adverse experiences: being a Jew in Nazi Germany, forced eviction from two countries, unemployment in America, innumerable terminated projects, limited distribution of his pictures, and lack of critical appreciation in his lifetime. However, Ophuls persevered and drew strength from this adversity. In his 25 years of filmmaking he completed 22 films, at least a third of which are now considered masterpieces, and Ophuls has finally been recognized as one of the great directors.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Lola Montes (1955) Director
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  Le Plaisir (1952) Director ("La Maison Madame Tellier")
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  La Ronde (1950)
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  Vendetta (1950) Director
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  The Reckless Moment (1949) Director
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  Caught (1949) Director
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  The Exile (1947) Director
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  Signora di Tutti, La (1934) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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1930:
Directed first film, "I'd Rather Have Cod Liver Oil"
1932:
First breakthrough film, "Liebelei"
1934:
Directed his one Italian film, "La Signora di Tutti/Everybody's Woman"
1941:
Moved to the USA
1947:
Directed first US film, "The Exile"
1949:
Directed last of four US films, "The Reckless Moment"
1950:
Established his home base in France; achieved new levels of prestige and clout beginning with the first of his last four films made there, "La Ronde"
1955:
Last film, "Lola Montes"
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wife:
Hilde Wall. Actor. Married in 1926.

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son:
Marcel Ophuls. Director. Mother Hilde Wall.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Cinema of Max Ophuls"
"Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios" Rutgers University Press

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