Born in Frankfurt in 1927, Marcel Ophuls is the son of Max Ophuls. In 1933, the family went into exile in France and emigrated to the US in 1941. Living in three cultures, he returned to France in 1950 as assistant director, notably on his father’s Lola Montès. He directed two features before entering the ORTF (Zoom). He undertook The Sorrow and the Pity in 1969.