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La Ronde

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An exercise in style, La Ronde was one of the few films of the 1950s to contain overtly sexual themes. The story is a series of character vignettes, set in Vienna in the early 1900s and held together by a narrator Anton Walbrook. As the title implies, both the story and the film's visual motifs are circular. Director Max Ophuls uses an old-fashioned merry-go-round to foreshadow the film's events, in which each segment introduces a new character, who has an affair with a character from the previous scene. The film...
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Overview

An exercise in style, La Ronde was one of the few films of the 1950s to contain overtly sexual themes. The story is a series of character vignettes, set in Vienna in the early 1900s and held together by a narrator Anton Walbrook. As the title implies, both the story and the film's visual motifs are circular. Director Max Ophuls uses an old-fashioned merry-go-round to foreshadow the film's events, in which each segment introduces a new character, who has an affair with a character from the previous scene. The film demands that the audience pay attention to the structure, to the interplay among the characters, and to the opulent visual elements; and the effect is synergistic delight, in which the viewer is engaged both visually and intellectually. Because it was filmed in black-and-white, La Ronde does not have the garish look of some of Ophuls' other films, notably Lola Montès. La Ronde is among the few foreign language films to receive multiple Oscar nominations, for Black & White Art Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Special Features

Audio commentary featuring film scholar Susan White, author of the Cinema of Max Ophuls; Interview with Max Ophul's son Academy Award-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophuls; Interview with actor Daniel Gélin; Interview iwth film scholar Alan Williams; Correspondence between Sir Laurence Olivier and Heinrich Schnitzler (the playwright's son), illustrating the controversy surrounding the source play; A new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • UPC: 715515031424
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,708

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Walbrook The Master of Ceremonies
Simone Signoret Leocadie, the Prostitute
Serge Reggiani Franz, the Soldier
Simone Simon Marie, the Maid
Daniel Gélin Alfred
Danielle Darrieux Emma Breitkopf
Fernand Gravey Charles, Emma's Husband
Odette Joyeux The Grisette
Jean-Louis Barrault Robert Kuhlenkampf
Isa Miranda The Actress
Gérard Philipe The Count
Robert Vattier Prof. Schuller
Charles Vissieres The Concierge
Jean Clarieux
Technical Credits
Max Ophüls Director, Screenwriter
Georges Annenkov Costumes/Costume Designer
Leonide Azar Editor
Ralph Baum Production Designer
Pierre-Louis Calvet Sound/Sound Designer
Jean D'Eaubonne Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Paul Feyder Asst. Director
Sacha Gordine Producer
Christian Matras Cinematographer
Charles Merangel Set Decoration/Design
Jacques Natanson Screenwriter
Oscar Straus Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ronde
1. A Story About Love [7:36]
2. The Prostitute and the Soldier [5:13]
3. The Soldier and Marie [8:02]
4. The Maid and the Young Man [11:34]
5. The Young Man and the Married Woman: Part 1 [9:35]
6. The Young Man and the Married Woman: Part 2 [6:01]
7. Emma and Her Husband [8:51]
8. The Husband and the Young Girl [5:54]
9. The Young Girl and the Poet [4:43]
10. The Poet and the Actress [7:23]
11. The Actress and the Count [3:46]
12. The Count and the Prostitute [6:39]
13. The Merry-Go-Round Stops [5:59]
1. Background / Reigen [7:36]
2. Gender and Class [5:13]
3. Simone Simon [8:02]
4. Camera Technique [11:34]
5. Danielle Darrieux / Arthur Schnitzler [9:35]
6. Stendhal [6:01]
7. Comedy About Money / Eyes Wide Shut [8:51]
8. Liebelei / Regret [5:54]
9. Exile and Social Commentary [4:43]
10. Isa Miranda [7:23]
11. Existenialism and a Demanding Woman [3:46]
12. A Past Half-Remembered [6:39]
13. A Chapter Begins [5:59]
1. Courtship as Performance [3:06]
2. Ophuls and Schnitzler [4:04]
3. A Perfect Accident [3:03]
4. Star Vehicle [2:19]
5. From Stage To Screen [5:34]
6. Formal Experiments: Part 1 [5:24]
7. Symmetry amd Gender Roles [4:29]
8. Formal Experiments: Part 2 [5:20]
9. Staying In France [2:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Ronde
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Commentary
      Commentary: On
      Commentary: Off
      Index
         Color Bars
   Supplements
      Circles of Desire: Alan Williams On La Ronde
         Play
         Index
      Marcel Ophuls On Max Ophuls
         Play
      Actor Daniel Gélin
         Play
      Schnitzler Correspondence
         View Correspondence
   Subtitles
      On
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