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La Ronde (1950)

La ronde (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 March 1954 (USA)
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Anton Walbrook ...
Raconteur - le meneur de jeu
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Léocadie, la prostitutée
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Franz, le soldat
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Marie, la femme de chambre
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Alfred, le jeune homme
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Emma Breitkopf, la femme mariée
Fernand Gravey ...
Charles Breitkopf, son mari
Odette Joyeux ...
Anna, la grisette
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Robert Kuhlenkampf, le poète
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Charlotte, le comédienne
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An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid and does similarly with the young man of the house. The young man seduces a married woman. On and on, spinning on the gay carousel of life. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A Wonderful Merry-Go-Round of Love With Eleven Stars

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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16 March 1954 (USA)  »

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La ronda  »

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1.37 : 1
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Max Ophüls and his co-scenarist, Jacques Natanson, added one more character to the ten in Arthur Schnitzler's play--an unnamed, godlike figure, played by Anton Walbrook. See more »

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Version of Ringlek (1982) See more »

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Oh du lieber Augustin
("Oh, you dear Augustin")
Written by Marx Augustin
Heard as a theme
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Ophul's cameras twirl and glide like the carousel itself
4 March 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This seems a little old fashioned even allowing for it's period setting. Perhaps it's the reluctance of the director to go beyond even the merest suggestion of congress that gives it an air of something made in the late thirties or forties. It certainly has charm though and Ophul's cameras twirl and glide like the carousel itself. Always looking sumptuous (perhaps it shouldn't) and always light-hearted (perhaps it should be more serious) it is a pleasant enough viewing. Oscar Strauss' music helps enormously and is in complete harmony with the visuals. Simon Signoret as the prostitute, seen at the start and finish is exemplary and Simone Simon shines most brightly as the seductive maid.


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