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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Some unrealized film projects of Max Ophuls

From the April 15 1963 issue of Avant-Scene Cinema (page 46)
A list of unrealized projects of the film director Max Ophuls.

"The scripts of some of these projects exist in advanced state and count among Ophuls' best."

Before World War II

Le Scandale -- from a play by Henry Bataille
Derrière la façade -- screenplay by Yves Mirande, (finally directed by Mirande and Georges Lacombe)
Maria Tarnowski -- screenplay by Jacques Companeez to star Kate de Nagy
untitled propaganda film for the French Foreign Legion in which Ophuls would have film a sequence at the Franco-Spanish border.
La Grande traversée -- dialogue by Marcel Archard to star Victor Francen

World War II -- Hollywood

Sentimental Journey -- to star Martha Eggerth and Jan Kiepura (directed eventually by Walter Lang starring John Payne and Maureen O'Hara)

Post World War II
The Knights of the Round Table -- in England to star Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Giigi -- from Colette
La Duchess de langeais -- to star Greta Garbo and James Mason
Autumne -- original screenplay by Max Ophuls and Peter Ustinov to be filmed during a Mozart festival at Salzbourg
L'Amour des quatre colonels -- from a Peter Ustinov play
The Blessing (Ce Cher ange) -- from a Nancy Mitford novel
Mam'zelle Nitouche -- finally filmed by Yves Allégret starring Fernandel
Carmen -- starring Sophia Loren
Modigliani -- from Henri Georges-Michel's novel "Les Montparnos" adapted by Henri Jeanson, Jacques Natanson, Albert Valentin and Max Ophuls. To star Yves Montand and then Mel Ferrer and finally Gérard Philippe. (direction entrusted at Ophuls' suggestion to Jacques Becker and released as "Montparnasse 19")

Vaguer projects
Adolphe -- from Benjamin Constant
L'Ami Fritz -- from Eckmann-Chatrian to star Jean Gabin
Bertha Garlan -- from Arthur Schnitzler to star Daniele Darrieux
Egmont -- from Goethe and with music by Beethoven
Histoire d'amour -- from Louise de Vilmorin
Le Lys dans la vallée -- from Balzac
Les Mille et un nuits -- project in advanced state around June 1954
Six Characters in Search of an Author -- from Luigi Pirandello
Une vie de Catherine de Russie -- to star Ingrid Bergman
Une vie D'Isadora Duncan -- advanced project, adaptation written and lost
Yvette -- from Guy de Maupassant

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