18. Max Ophüls
Chris Fujiwara

Everything passes, everything is limited: this is the message of even the most expansive and exhilarating episodes Max Ophüls directed. In Ophüls's films, visual barriers separate the characters' lives from the viewer. Dialogue serves as a screen, too, and time itself distances the characters, rushing past in waves of image and sound. "Things always come in their time," says the king in Lola Montès, but for Ophüls's characters, things generally come too late. What counts are the speed and beauty of a movement across a space criss-crossed by so many interruptions.

18. マックス・オフュルス