Capital Celluloid 2019 - Day 173: Sat Jun 22

Liebelei (Ophuls, 1933): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.35pm

Do not miss the 35mm screenings of this heartbreaking and superbly directed early work by Max Ophuls. The film also screens on June 29th and is part of the Weimar season at BFI Southbank. You can find all the details of the season here.

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. Most similar to Madame de..., the film may be a little slow and ragged at times, but its final emotional power is undeniably immense.

Here (and above) is an extract.

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