The extensive making-of documentary included with the newly-restored LOLA MONTES is worth the purchase price in itself. Robert Fischer has cannibalised an existing doc from 20 years back, enabling him to include interviews with lots of lovely people now no longer with us. So we get Peter Ustinov telling us that although his ringmaster character is nameless, in private Ophuls wrote to him that the fellow should be called “Von Itsu” — which is Ustinov in reverse, giving him an “aristocratic and Romanian” air.
Too many good stories to reproduce here. The film’s art director is pictured at home, surrounded by bric-a-brac culled from the many films he worked on. Such an Ophulsian home is really too spectacular to be populated by a man in jeans and a V-neck, don’t you think? He should at least put on some epaulettes.
The DVD is available here (UK)
and here (US)