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 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. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi


Anton Walbrook
as The Master of Ceremonies
Simone Signoret
as Leocadie the Prostitute
Serge Reggiani
as Franz the Soldier
Simone Simon
as Marie the Maid
Danielle Darrieux
as Emma Breitkopf
Fernand Gravey
as Charles Emma's Husband
Odette Joyeux
as The Grisette
Jean-Louis Barrault
as Robert Kuhlenkampf
Isa Miranda
as The Actress
Gérard Philipe
as The Count
Robert Vattier
as Prof. Schuller
Charles Vissière
as The Concierge
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  • Jul 10, 2011
    Several related <i>"liebelei"</i> blossom in front of the screen and the turn-of-the-century Vienna is now proven to be Ophül's favorite scenario to construct his forbidden and passionate stories, this time in a free-flowing and episodic manner. The merry-go-round is the most perfect allegory of the romance existent in the world; we may change our spot or sit on another horse, it may go fast or slow, there may be technical difficulties, but in the end, the story repeats itself over and over again, and we belong to the same cycle. Walbrook is a brilliant male version of cupid. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2010
    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
  • Aug 31, 2008
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2008
    a lovely dance where partners are constantly changing. i can't really imagine this as an american film, especially in 1950!
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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