Lola Montès (1955)

Ringmaster Peter Ustinov recounts the events of dancer and courtesan Lola Montès’s life.

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Alternative titles

  • The Sins of Lola Montes Alternative
  • Lola Montez Alternative Spanish
  • The Fall of Lola Montes Alternative


Events in Lola Montès’ life are related by a ringmaster (Peter Ustinov) in a circus where she’s now an object of morbid curiosity; flashbacks show her own memories.

A film about objectification, patriarchy, spectacle and storytelling itself, then, is delivered with great visual panache.

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