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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Schnitzler (play)
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Release Date:
16 March 1954 (USA) See more »
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A Wonderful Merry-Go-Round of Love With Eleven Stars
Plot:
An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Anton Walbrook ... Raconteur - le meneur de jeu

Simone Signoret ... Léocadie, la prostitutée

Serge Reggiani ... Franz, le soldat

Simone Simon ... Marie, la femme de chambre

Daniel Gélin ... Alfred, le jeune homme

Danielle Darrieux ... Emma Breitkopf, la femme mariée
Fernand Gravey ... Charles Breitkopf, son mari
Odette Joyeux ... Anna, la grisette

Jean-Louis Barrault ... Robert Kuhlenkampf, le poète

Isa Miranda ... Charlotte, le comédienne

Gérard Philipe ... Le comte
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Clarieux ... Le brigadier sur le banc (uncredited)
Paulette Frantz ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean Landier ... Minor Role (uncredited)
René Marjac ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marcel Mérovée ... Toni (uncredited)
Jean Ozenne ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Vattier ... Le professeur Schüller (uncredited)
Jacques Vertan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Charles Vissières ... Le concierge du théatre (uncredited)
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Directed by
Max Ophüls 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Schnitzler (play "Reigen")

Jacques Natanson (adaptation) and
Max Ophüls (adaptation)

Jacques Natanson (dialogue)

Produced by
Ralph Baum .... producer
Sacha Gordine .... producer
 
Original Music by
Oscar Straus  (as Oscar Strauss)
 
Cinematography by
Christian Matras 
 
Film Editing by
Léonide Azar 
 
Production Design by
Jean d'Eaubonne 
 
Costume Design by
Georges Annenkov 
 
Makeup Department
Carmen Brel .... makeup artist (as Carmen Brelle)
 
Production Management
Renée Bardon .... unit production manager
Ralph Baum .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aboyantz .... assistant director
Paul Feyder .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Marc Frédérix .... assistant production designer
Alfred Marpaux .... assistant production designer
Charles Merangel .... set designer
Henri Vergnes .... set designer (as Vergne)
 
Sound Department
Pierre-Louis Calvet .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ernest Bourreaud .... assistant camera (as E. Bourreuad)
Jean-François Clair .... still photographer
Alain Douarinou .... camera operator
Sam Levin .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Gromtseff .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Suzanne Rondeau .... assistant editor (as S. Rondeau)
 
Music Department
Joe Hajos .... music adaptor
 
Other crew
Grégoire Geftmann .... administration director
Lucie Lichtig .... script girl
Noel Mouton .... production secretary (as Noèle Mouton)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La ronde" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min | 110 min (1989 restored version) | West Germany:89 min (video)
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Trivia:
Max Ophuls and his co-scenarist, Jacques Natanson, added one more character to the ten in Schnitzler's play: an unnamed, godlike figure, played by Anton Walbrook.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Circle of Love (1964)See more »
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Der ReigenSee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Golden Age of Hollywood If Made For Grown-Ups, 8 December 2012
Author: Opera Winfrey from United States

A new convert to the magical world of Max Ophuls, I am still reeling at the astonishing riches to be found there, & how far beyond pretty much every other director he was at the time of making this, his greatest film. The filmmaker he most reminds me of is Ernst Lubitsch, though 20 years down the line. There is the same poetry & joy, humor & sensuality. Looking at this film & his other masterpiece, 'Le Plaisir', one almost feels one is seeing an alternate reality of cinema, where the Hayes production code of 1934 had never kicked in & neutered all artistic vision for the next 35 years. At a time when all American romance ended in a nuclear family & a white picket fence, Ophuls depicts real-world sexual dalliances frankly, intimately, yet always romantically. There is spirit, soul & magic up there on the screen. The overall effect is "It's just like the classic films from the golden age of Hollywood, if they'd only been made for grown-ups".

Something I'm still trying to get my head around: I cannot for the life of me see why Ophuls is repeatedly spoken of as a 'feminist' director - I see no hint of 'patriarchal rape culture' conspiracy theories in Ophuls' universe, no blaming or scapegoating of men - just the world as it is made beautiful. The women are not depicted as victims any more than the men who fall for them. There is simply the circle of life - La Ronde - continuing on. The women can expect swings & roundabouts just like the men - they will be treated like monarchy when young & beautiful, with the men their willing slaves, but nothing lasts forever & the roundabout keeps turning... What Ophuls gives - here more than anywhere else - is the reality of seeing the world, & especially men & women, as they are & have always been, & rejoicing in it, in the eternal dance.

Another reviewer here wrote of the narrator of this film, "he wouldn't change a thing about Life and Sex if he could", & that about sums up Ophuls' philosophy better than anything else I could say, & also what he offers us so unlike anyone else.

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