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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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Ten Top Continental Stars to Delight You! 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: I came as you asked.
Alfred: Don't be cruel.
Emma Breitkopf: You promised to behave.
Alfred: I will.
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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

Featured in Vienne avant la nuit (2017) 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 ingemann2000See 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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