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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Schnitzler (play)
Jacques Natanson (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
16 March 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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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A fanciful waltz through the ephemeral ballroom of love See more (28 total) »

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)

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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Max Ophuls shot the picture entirely in the studio.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Max par Marcel (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oh du lieber AugustinSee more »

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21 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A fanciful waltz through the ephemeral ballroom of love, 18 June 2000

Through a series of dove-tailing love vignettes, Max Ophüls offers us an enchanting film replete with some of the greatest acting talent French cinema has known. The brevity of the individual segments of the film does not greatly impair the quality of the characterisation or acting performance, and there are some very impressive moments, particularly the scenes with Jean-Louis Barrault (best know for his role in Les Enfants du Paradis) and Simone Signoret (Les Diaboliques and Casque d'Or).

The film is surprisingly - for a film of its age - pretty explicit about the sexual proclivities of the aristocracy and military men. That a respectable middle-aged married woman should seek an amorous adventure with a man half her age, whilst her wealthy husband carries on with a young woman barely out of her teens most probably caused a few raised eyebrows when the film was released in 1950 - particularly when the film is very much in the velvet-lined mould of the traditional pre-war French romantic film.

The most impressive aspect of the film, above the great acting and splendid direction, is its humour. This is a film that is unable to take itself seriously. The mysterious raconteur (superbly played by Anton Walbrook) endeavours to keep the merry-go-round of love happily on its course, but has a few technical problems on the way. It's reassuring to know that even all-knowing deities have their off-days.

Another strong point is Oscar Straus's musical score, particularly the raconteur's merry-go-round ballad which accompanies the film throughout, not unlike the cheery music of a real merry-go-round in a fairground.

This has all the ingredients of a great film. It is a fanciful waltz across the ephemeral ballroom of love, and it succeeds admirably.

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