La Ronde (1950)




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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
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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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
Daniel Gélin
as Alfred
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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Critic Reviews for La Ronde

All Critics (13)

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

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.

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
Slant Magazine

Never seems more than whimsical.

Full Review… | September 9, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Visually brilliant, innovatively told drama.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for La Ronde


Couldn't care about any of the characters, none of the stories stood out much. The movie might have been cutting edge back in its day, but now mostly appears creaky. Apparently nothing bores me more than French aristocracy, most of the movies dealing with characters from the French upper classes bores me to tears.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

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
Cindy I

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
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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