Max Ophüls: Articles


Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions

Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. […]


Simone Simon: 'La Bête Humaine' 1938 Femme Fatale

Simone Simon and Jean Gabin in 'La Bête Humaine.' Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (See previous post: “'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.”) In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century Fox from another French import, […]


Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine today: One of the best actresses of the studio era has her 'Summer Under the Stars' day Joan Fontaine, one of the few surviving movie stars of the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. I'm posting this a little […]


George Eastman House Max Ophüls Film Noirs & Berlin Competition

George Eastman House movie 'The Reckless Moment': Crime drama with James Mason and Joan Bennett. George Eastman House movies: Max Ophüls dramas 'The Reckless Moment' and 'Caught' Located in Rochester, New York, the George Eastman House has been preserving movies for decades. In addition to its film preservation work, the […]


Olivia de Havilland on Joan Fontaine + Romance Classic

Olivia de Havilland. Olivia de Havilland is the subject of an interview published in the London Evening Standard about a week ago. The piece is a must-read. Discussed are de Havilland's youth, her early years in Los Angeles, Errol Flynn, Gone with the Wind, the Academy Awards, and – tangentially […]