La tendre ennemie. 1936. France. Directed by Max Ophüls. Screenplay by Ophüls, Curt Alexander, based on the novel by André-Paul Antoine. With Simone Berriau, Catherine Fonteney, Laure Diana. 69 min.
This rarely seen curiosity finds Ophüls experimenting with a highly stylized operetta style. As a calculating woman (Berriau) prepares to marry off her daughter (Fontenay) for money, the ghosts of her unhappy husband and less happy lover conspire to save the younger woman from a loveless future.