Rare screen­ing of ‘May­er­ling to Sara­jevo’

Los Angeles Times - - AT THE MOVIES - — Kenneth Tu­ran

The Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque’s Aero The­atre in Santa Mon­ica is of­fer­ing a rare chance to see a rarely screened film by ex­cep­tional di­rec­tor Max Ophuls on the big screen. That would be 1940’s “From May­er­ling to Sara­jevo,” the last film that Ophuls made be­fore leav­ing Europe for Hol­ly­wood. A vis­ual mas­ter re­spon­si­ble for clas­sics like “The Ear­rings of Madame de ...” Ophuls here takes on an es­pe­cially po­tent sub­ject mat­ter, the pas­sion­ate and per­sonal events lead­ing up to the as­sas­si­na­tion of the heir to the Hab­s­burg throne, one of the sparks to World War I a cen­tury ago. Also on the bill is Ophuls’ best Hol­ly­wood film, the Joan Fon­taine-star­ring “Let­ter From an Un­known Woman.” As a bonus, the pro­gram will be in­tro­duced by Andreas-Ben­jamin Seyfert, Ophuls’ great-grand­son. It’s at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day at 1328 Mon­tana Ave., Santa Mon­ica.

Amer­i­can Cine­math­eque

MAX OPHULS’ fi­nal Euro­pean film be­fore mov­ing to Hol­ly­wood is about a ro­mance while war brews.

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