Max Ophuls Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Bacher, Lutz. Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios. New Brunswick, N. J.: Rutgers University Press, 1996, 376 pp.

A detailed critical analysis of Ophüls's American body of work with generous cross-references and criticism of his European films.

Caswell, Stanley. "Postscript (1989): To Whom It May Concern." Creative Inquiry 16, No. 2 (Winter 1990): 248-89.

Caswell responds to Tania Modleski's assessment and interpretation of Ophuls's Letter from an Unknown Woman .

Doane, Mary Ann. "Caught and Rebecca: The Inscription of Femininity as Absence." Enclitic 6, No. 2 (Fall 1981): 75-89.

Doane examines and compares Ophuls's Caught and Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca to illustrate qualities of the "women's films" of the 1940s.

Gilliatt, Penelope. "Ophuls Restored," in Unholy Fools, Wits, Comics, Disturbers of the Peace: Film & Theater, pp. 297-303. New York: The Viking Press, 1973.

Gilliatt praises Ophuls for his mastery of cinematic technique.

Koval, Francis. "Interview with Ophuls (1950)," in Masterworks of the French Cinema, pp. 342-48. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974.

Ophuls candidly discusses his work prior to 1950.

Simon, John. "Lola Montes," in Movies into Film, pp. 352-54. New York: The Dial Press, 1971.

Extremely negative review of the subject matter and cinematic technique of Lola Montes that especially faults Ophuls's use of camera movement.

Truffaut, Francois. "Max Ophuls: Lola Montes" and "Max Ophuls Is Dead," in The Films in My Life, pp. 225-34. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1988.

Enthusiastic 1955 review of Ophuls's Lola Montes and a 1957 obituary with reminiscences about Ophuls and his films, by the noted French New Wave director.

Wilson, George M. "Max Ophuls' Letter from an Unknown Woman," in Narration in Light: Studies in Cinematic Point of View, pp. 103-25. Baltimore, Md.: The John Hopkins University Press, 1986.

Wilson examines the use of flashbacks and point of view to discuss the reliability of the narrative in Ophuls's Letter from an Unknown Woman.

The following sources published by Gale Research contain additional coverage of Ophuls's life and career: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 113.