Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present


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A young dragoon officer falls in love with a musician’s daughter (Magda Schneider, mother of Romy) but a past indiscretion has fatal repercussions.

Max Ophuls’ flawless adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play was his first big success.

Technically exhilarating, with impeccable casting and luminous images by key Ophuls collaborator Franz Planer, the film’s romantic ardour and youthful exuberance softens the source material’s cynicism creating a sublime, bittersweet fugue of style and content that provides a key to the director’s later work.

Restored by the Academy Film Archive

During ACMI's redevelopment, Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings will take place at The Capitol. For maps and accessibility information see ACMI Cinemas during closure.

Screenings will commence slightly earlier at 6.30pm.