D / 1922
113 Min. / DCP / German intertitles and English subtitles
Ellen Richter, Heinrich George, Georg Alexander, Fritz Kampers
Live Music: Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp), Stephen Horne (piano) Introduction: Katharina Loew
The story of an outsider who advances into the circles of the rich and powerful. A Spanish “gypsy”, literally condemned to the gallows, becomes a famous dancer and creates a sensation in the capitals of Europe. She crossed paths with royals and revolutionaries and eventually becomes the mistress of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. In the role of Lola Montez (1821-1861), Ellen Richter combines the proletarian and aristocratic, music and dance, adventure film, comedy and melodrama. She even cross-dresses as a young man in a play within a play. No wonder she later singled out LOLA MONTEZ as her favorite film. In her work as an independent producer, LOLA MONTEZ also marks the transition from period dramas about famous women from history like Mary Tudor and Catherine the Great to epic travel and adventure films. (Philipp Stiasny/Oliver Hanley)
Harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry and pianist Stephen Horne ably demonstrate how perfectly their respective instruments harmonize with each other. They reveal the unprecedented possibilities this unique musical combination holds for silent film accompaniment. The British duo creates captivating sonic experiences that are anything but antiquated, but, on the contrary, extremely modern.