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La Ronde (1950)

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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(as Max Ophuls)

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(play), (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Léocadie
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Franz
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Marie
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Alfred (as Daniel Gelin)
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Emma Breitkopf
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Charles Breitkopf
Odette Joyeux ...
Anna
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Robert Kuhlenkampf
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Charlotte
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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 Merry Go Round of Love Affairs! See more »

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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

Also Known As:

La ronda  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Max Ophüls shot the picture entirely in the studio. See more »

Goofs

Around 01:08:47, the woman is sitting at left of the piano. Around 01:09:18, she's sitting front of it. See more »

Quotes

Emma Breitkopf: Alfred. Oh, Alfred. Alfred. Alfred, what are you doing to me? What time is it?
Alfred: I don't know.
Emma Breitkopf: I thought it was later. Oh, Alfred. Alfred.
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Connections

Referenced in They All Laughed (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Ach du lieber Augustin
(Oh, you dear Augustin) (uncredited)
Attributed to Marx Augustin
Heard as a theme
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This movie has a lot more to say than the obvious.
11 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this movie is based on overt sexual tendencies; there is no argument there. What is so amazing about this movie is the cinematography. Ophuls created so many sweeping shots, so well, using only a camera on a track. This is an amazing feat. Also this movie echoes a lot of Freud. Remember, Ophuls is German and certainly read Freud during his life.

One of Freud's greatest works involving psychoanalysis is parapraxes, or slips of the tongue. In La Ronde, parapraxes play a major role, for parapraxes also apply to misplacement of items (and people). For every love, there is another lover. Freud would say that no matter how much you love your partner, there is a better partner for you out there. A partner that the second you see, you will become instantly infatuated with. La Ronde does an excellent job of this.


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