Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Veteran filmmaker Marcel Ophüls returns to filmmaking after 18 years with this personal stroll through cinema history, in particular touching on his own work and that of his father, the great Max Ophüls. Following the Nazi Party’s rise to power in 1933, the Ophüls family emigrated to France and later escaped to the U.S., arriving in Hollywood in 1941. Marcel returned to France in 1950 and crossed paths with such luminaries as Jacques Rivette and Francois Truffaut, who were interviewing his father for Cahiers du Cinéma. First breaking through as a director with the landmark film The Sorrow and the Pity, Marcel went on to direct the Academy-Award winning Hôtel Terminus, among others. Weaving in excerpts from films and recounting friendships with Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, Woody Allen and Jeanne Moreau, this documentary pays tribute to a brilliant era in cinematic history on both sides of the Atlantic.