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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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A Wonderful Merry-Go-Round of Love With Eleven Stars 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 »

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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 and his co-scenarist, Jacques Natanson, added one more character to the ten in Arthur Schnitzler's play--an unnamed, godlike figure, played by Anton Walbrook. 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

Robert Kuhlenkampf: I can't see you at all. Are you blonde or brunette?
Anna: You should have written it down.
Robert Kuhlenkampf: That's incredibly profound! In one phrase you sum up the whole tragedy of desire.
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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 They All Laughed (1981) 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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Superficial, slight in significance, but a charmer

I first saw La Ronde in 1950, at an art theatre, when I was completely caught up in the concept and progression of scenes, but only a novice at critical analysis. Consequently, it was one of the first (Beta) videotapes in my collection.I viewed it again last night, for only the second time. I can understand the reactions of those, especially contemporary viewers who expect romantic scenes to be more explicit. (The French were doing that very well long before Hollywood, so the lack in this film does not result from reticence.) Yet after 53 years the film has lost little of its charm for me: (I notice that older viewers tended to rate La Ronde higher than those who are younger.) The linking device came from Schnitzler, not from the film scripter, so could hardly have been avoided, and the segments varied in quality. It seems that the actors did not take the film or themselves too seriously, which was quite appropriate. I recall that the only full-screen close-up came at the end, with Signoret as the prostitute. Was that a final comment on love itself: always exploitative and transitory; as seen in each scene, to a greater or lesser extent.


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