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16 March 1954 (USA) See more »
A Wonderful Merry-Go-Round of Love With Eleven Stars
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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (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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Also Known As:
"La ronde" - France (original title)
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97 min | 110 min (1989 restored version) | West Germany:89 min (video)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Max Ophuls shot the picture entirely in the studio.See more »
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20 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
The Magic Roundabout, 18 September 2004
Author: writers_reign from London, England

I've just read all the previous comments on this and I'm surprised that none of them apparently grasped that the main thrust of the plot was the passing of venereal disease from one character to another. It's not just coincidence that the first coupling is between a prostitute and a soldier - prostitutes traditionally work near army barracks and are, or arguably were in 1900, more likely to be carriers of venereal disease than most other women simply because by definition they had sex with more men than the average woman, married or single, in 1900. The vastly overrated semi-Amateur film maker Jean-Luc Godard dismissed both the film and one of France's leading actors (Gerard Philippe) with the words 'France's worst actor in France's worst film', which in itself should be sufficient to send all intelligent people flocking to see La Ronde. It is, of course, dated. It has to be, it was made 54 years ago yet it still retains that quality that has always eluded and will always elude Godard, Style. What if not stylish should we call it when our self-appointed narrator, Anton Walbrook, discards his slightly down-market raincoat and dons an opera cape to lead us to a sleazy quarter of Vienna and make us privy to the initial sexual encounter, the first, of course, of many, between prostitute Simone Signoret and soldier Serge Reggiani (soon to play similar roles in Jacques Becker's 'Casque d'Or') and provide the first 'take' on love/sex which is indifference; even when Signoret is prepared to waive her fee Reggiani disdains free sex on the grounds that her room is a ten minute walk from where they met and only reluctantly does he finally agree to an al fresco coupling from which he hurries away with barely a 'thank you', let alone a cigarette. Cynicism is still rampant in the next encounter in which Regginani seduces Simone Simon's comely housemaid then hurries back to the dance where they had met. Cynicism of a different sort informs the next encounter when the young man of the house (Daniel Gelin) where Simon is employed practices his seduction technique on her before attempting it with the real thing in the shape of older, married Danielle Darrieux. This episode, together with its successor (Darrieux and her husband, Fernand Gravey) serves as a filmic equivalent of an interval in a theatre (the film is based, as is widely known, on a play by Viennese playwright Artur Schnitzler)and Gelin's initial impotence is metaphored subtly (for 1950) by the breaking down of the roundabout which allows Ophuls to cut away to Walbrook in mechanic mode and then back to a now successful Gelin consummating his infatuation for Darrieux. And so it goes on, brief encounters, longer liaisons, just like life in fact. Virtually all of the cast had or would appear in classic films, not least Jean-Pierre Barrault, so memorable in 'Les Enfants du Paradis', Gerard Philippe, the original 'Fanfan le Tulipe' with 'Les Orgueillex' still to come, Serge Reggiani, a veteran of 'Les Portes de la Nuit', laughed off the screen in 1946 and now regarded rightly as a masterpiece, and so on, arguably only Isa Miranda as the actress let the side down. All in all a triumph. 8/10

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