Third feature from master stylist Max Ophuls. Like Ophuls' later film 'La Ronde', it is based on a Schnitzler play, the literal translation being 'Love Games'. Set against the snow-covered Austrian landscapes, it is a moving story of doomed romanticism that echoes Ophuls' frequent theme; that everyone is haunted by a facet of their past. In Vienna in 1910, Fritz, a young officer, falls for Christine, the daughter of a violinist, after a chance meeting.They declare undying love for each other and their passionate, whirlwind affair becomes all encompassing, but Fritz has already had an affair with the wife of the vengeful Baron Eggerdorff, and his destiny seems sealed as the Baron demands his honour is appeased. When Fritz is killed in a duel with the Baron, Christine jumps to her death. A classic German melodrama which acknowledges both the possibility for creating a heaven on earth that love affords and it's inevitable, tragic transience.