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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.

Director:

Max Ophüls (as Max Ophuls)

Writers:

Arthur Schnitzler (play), Jacques Natanson (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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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 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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Unusual Exciting Love Affairs! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Ronde See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1989 restored) | (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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

Emma Breitkopf: Alfred, Alfred. Why did I listen to you?
Alfred: Emma, I've thought so much about you. I know you're unhappy.
Emma Breitkopf: Yes.
Alfred: Yes. Life is so banal.
Emma Breitkopf: Yes.
Alfred: Yes. Yes and so empty.
Emma Breitkopf: Yes.
Alfred: And so short.
Emma Breitkopf: Yes.
Alfred: So terribly short.
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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

Referenced in Eclipse (1994) 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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Masterwork
15 January 2014 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

Vienna 1900. But actually a film studio in France. Ophuls never lets you forget that. This masterwork is deeply concerned with truth and illusion. In love and in art, in the art of love. It is charming whilst showing you the limitations of charm, seductive whilst demonstrating the hazards of seduction. Great as it is, it probably is not the peak of the director's achievement: LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, MADAME DE... and LOLA MONTES probably have better claims to that accolade. But the rare weak moments do not, in my view, detract from LA RONDE's status as a masterpiece, since over all its quality is so high. It boasts a dazzling cast, led by wonderful Anton Walbrook, and a theme tune by Oskar Straus that will follow you around for the rest of your life.


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