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La Ronde (1950)

La ronde (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 16 March 1954 (USA)
Vignettes revolving around a circle of interconnected love.

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(as Max Ophuls)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Raconteur
... Léocadie
... Franz
... Marie
... Alfred (as Daniel Gelin)
... Emma Breitkopf
... Charles Breitkopf
Odette Joyeux ... Anna
... Robert Kuhlenkampf
... Charlotte
... Le comte
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Storyline

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! 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 Ronde  »

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| (1989 restored) | (video)

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Aspect Ratio:

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

Raconteur: People never know more than one side of reality. Why? Because they only see one side of things. But I see all sides... because I see... "in the round." That allows me to be everywhere at once. Everywhere.
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Connections

Remade as Circle of Love (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Ach du lieber Augustin
(Oh, you dear Augustin) (uncredited)
Attributed to Marx Augustin
Heard as a theme
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great original, lousy remake
26 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

La Ronde is undoubtedly a great film! I've only seen it once, years ago, but it made a big impression on me. I've always been very fond of old black & white classics, and this one has beautiful settings and light. The story may not be something entirely new, but is told with elegant wit, and the list of actors involved is a who's who of French cinema of the 40's/50's. The wonderful Simone Signoret is particularly good as the prostitute, and my own personal favourite is Gérard Philipe, though his role isn't terribly meaty and also seems a bit stilted. So, the verdict is: a great original by Max Ophüls! And it will seem even better if compared with Roger Vadim's lacklustre and obvious remake! I don't recall the title of Vadim's remake, but it was boring and totally without the charm and ease of the original. A waste of time! Do yourself a favour, ignore the remake and go watch the original...


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