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La Ronde (1950)

La ronde (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 20 September 1951 (USA)
Vignettes revolving around a circle of interconnected love.

Director:

Max Ophüls (as Max Ophuls)

Writers:

Arthur Schnitzler (play), Jacques Natanson (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anton Walbrook ... Raconteur
Simone Signoret ... Léocadie
Serge Reggiani ... Franz
Simone Simon ... Marie
Daniel Gélin ... Alfred (as Daniel Gelin)
Danielle Darrieux ... Emma Breitkopf
Fernand Gravey ... Charles Breitkopf
Odette Joyeux ... Anna
Jean-Louis Barrault ... Robert Kuhlenkampf
Isa Miranda ... Charlotte
Gérard Philipe ... 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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Ten Top Continental Stars to Delight You! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

According to Max Ophüls' son Marcel, the film was increasingly booed during its three last segments at its premiere. 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: The sun is out. It's Spring. You can tell from the scent in the air that love is just around the corner, can't you?
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Alternate Versions

The Criterion DVD issued in 2008 is 1:33. This is the version shown on TCM. See more »

Connections

Version of Ringlek (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Der Reigen/La Ronde de l'amour
(uncredited)
Music by Oscar Straus
Lyrics by Kurt Feltz
French Lyrics by Louis Ducreux
Sung by Anton Walbrook
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Clever and daring, for 1950
4 October 2020 | by gbill-74877See all my reviews

I love the concept of this film and its lightness. In presenting these ten little vignettes of love (or more often just sex), each related to the last by one of its characters, it unabashedly touches on prostitution, sex in public, seduction, infidelity, the double standard, an age gap, mirrors over the bed, a couple of slaps leading to sex, and male impotence (the narrator's merry go round humorously grinding to a halt the first time the last one happens). Nothing's shown but it's quite risqué for 1950, and not surprising that conservatives in America initially banned it. The cast is quite deep and filled with charming leading ladies - Simone Signoret, Simone Simon (I just love typing those two names together), Danielle Darrieux, Odette Joyeux, and Isa Miranda.

It seems to be from a male perspective though, as the women are a little too passive, maybe with the exception of Miranda's character at the end. In one creepy moment a middle aged man (whose just had sex with a tipsy 19 year old shopgirl in their private booth at a restaurant) tells her "When two young people like each other, there's no need to drug the champagne, I assure you," implying that there are occasions when he's done so, and it's something she just smiles over. The film is also a tad uneven as it glides along, though coming full circle was pretty clever. It's also remarkably accepting of sex as being natural, and for people to go from one relationship to another in their lives. I like what it was going for, especially for the period in which it was made.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

20 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Ronde See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$852
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Films Sacha Gordine See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1989 restored) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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