Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 153: Tue Jun 3

Liebelei (Ophuls, 1933): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 8.40pm

This film screens as part of The World Before the War season at BFI Southbank and is introduced by Laura Mulvey.

Time Out review:
What is eternity?' a young girl asks her soldier lover. What indeed? As in Ophüls' Lola Montès, La Ronde and Madame de... this early German melodrama - which treats the passionate, whirlwind love affair between a young lieutenant and a shy sensitive fräulein - acknowledges both the liberating joy of love and its sad transience. For humans are never entirely free of their past, and young Fritz has a skeleton in his closet that makes a mockery of the pair's vows of undying love.Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is an extract.

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