La Ronde (1950)

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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Max Ophüls
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 16, 2008
Criterion Collection



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as Leocadie the Prostit...

as Franz the Soldier

as Marie the Maid

as Alfred

as Emma Breitkopf

as Charles Emma's Husba...

as The Grisette

as Robert Kuhlenkampf

as The Actress

as The Count

as Prof. Schuller

as The Concierge
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Critic Reviews for La Ronde

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 2, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 16, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

In what it means to do - capture the first rush of attraction - La Ronde has few screen equals.

Full Review… | March 21, 2013

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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2011

... a film of sparking wit, visual grace, continental sophistication and elegant poise.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009
Turner Classic Movies Online

Audience Reviews for La Ronde

A sexy and charming film by Max Ophuls about the circle of love, symbolized by a carousel. Anton Walbrook is a narrator of sorts, or maybe a one-man chorus, who leads us through a chain of events where one romance leads to another. This is the 2nd film with Walbrook that I've seen in as many months, and I finding that I enjoy his work a great deal. I'm not a fan of musicals, and when Walbrook started singing in the beginning, I was tempted to turn it off. I'm glad I didn't. Some clever dialogue and a fun scene where the carousel breaks down at the same time that one of the male characters has a...ummm..."equipment malfunction". He gets his groove back eventually, and the carousel begins working again. The film is filled with what seemed to be every known French actress working during that time...Simone Signoret, Simone Simon, Danielle Darrieux. Full of sexual situations (obviously French -- a Hollywood film made in 1950 would NEVER have been this racy and open), so watch it with someone you love.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


a lovely dance where partners are constantly changing. i can't really imagine this as an american film, especially in 1950!

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

The blooming interactions of couples,romantic,idealistic,majestic.Fragmentary affairs,juxtapositions in lifelong particles.The question is,do we really accept those 6 degrees of separation or the carousel will embrace us all.

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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