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Liebelei

'What is eternity?' a young girl asks her soldier lover. What indeed? As in Ophüls' Lola Montès, La Ronde and Madame de... this early German melodrama - which treats the passionate, whirlwind love affair between a young lieutenant and a shy sensitive fräulein - acknowledges both the liberating joy of love and its sad transience. For humans are never entirely free of their past, and young Fritz has a skeleton in his closet that makes a mockery of the pair's vows of undying love. Most similar to Madame de..., the film may be a little slow and ragged at times, but its final emotional power is undeniably immense.

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Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Max Ophüls
Screenwriter: Hans Wilhelm, Kurt Alexander
Cast: Wolfgang Liebeneiner
Magda Schneider
Luise Ullrich
Willy Eichberger
Paul Hörbiger
Gustaf Gründgens
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