Max Ophuls made his only Italian-produced film after fleeing the Third Reich in 1933.
Isa Miranda – billed later, upon her move to Hollywood, as the Italian Marlene Dietrich – plays a femme fatale film star revisiting her life in flashback after a suicide attempt.
This important early work not only pre-empts the romantic themes that find their apotheosis in Lola Montès but also, with its mirror images and graceful camera movements, precociously demonstrates much of the pathos and visual elegance the director is justly renowned for.
Music by Daniele Amfitheatrof.
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.