La Ronde (1950)
Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 13
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1950 Limited
Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 730
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
Jan 1, 1950 Limited
Sep 16, 2008
The Master of Ceremonie...
Leocadie the Prostitute
Franz the Soldier
Marie the Maid
Charles Emma's Husband
In what it means to do - capture the first rush of attraction - La Ronde has few screen equals.
max Ophuls's merry-go-round narrative, based on Schnitzler's famous play, is exquistely directed and played by best actors of Frenhc cinema: Darriuex, Signoret, Barrault.
... a film of sparking wit, visual grace, continental sophistication and elegant poise.
Each vignette conforms to a tight, outgrowing pattern, so that they each have equal weight, even if Danielle Darrieux's first segment is the one that lingers in the mind.
[Ophuls'] most characteristic movie (a good one to start with for beginners).
Charming as can be, but with a dark underbellly that belies it.
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