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La ronde

Max Ophuls

 
La ronde (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1950
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #443

Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, and Simone Simon lead a roundelay of French stars in Max Ophuls’s delightful, acerbic adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial turn-of-the-century play Reigen. Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, prostitutes, aristocrats—all are on equal footing in this multicharacter merry-go-round of love and infidelity, directed with a sweeping gaiety as knowingly frivolous as it is enchanting, and shot with Ophuls’s trademark mellifluous cinematography.

Cast

The Meneur de jeuAnton Walbrook
The ProstituteSimone Signoret
The SoldierSerge Reggiani
The Parlor MaidSimone Simon
The Young GentlemanDaniel Gélin
The Young WifeDanielle Darrieux
The HusbandFernand Gravey
The Sweet Young ThingOdette Joyeux
The PoetJean-Louis Barrault
The ActressIsa Miranda
The CountGérard Philipe

Credits

DirectorMax Ophuls
Based on the play by Arthur Schnitzler
Adaptation byJacques Natanson and Max Ophuls
DialogueJacques Natanson
MusicOscar Strauss
SetsJean d'Eaubonne
CinematographyChristian Matras
Assistant directorPaul Feyder and Tony Abboyantz
CostumesGeorges Annenkov
EditingLéonide Azar

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Susan White, author of The Cinema of Max Ophuls
  • Interview with Max Ophuls’s son, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Marcel Ophuls
  • Interview with actor Daniel Gélin
  • Interview with film scholar Alan Williams
  • Correspondence between Sir Laurence Olivier and Heinrich Schnitzler (the playwright’s son), illustrating the controversy surrounding the source play
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

    New cover by David Downton

Film Essays

La ronde: Vicious Circle

By Terrence Rafferty September 15, 2008

In the too-brief life and art of Max Ophuls (1902–57), La ronde was a momentous film, a turning point. It represented a homecoming of sorts, though “home” was a rather fluid concept for Ophuls, . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

XOXO

February 14, 2014


Clippings

BAZIN UNBURIED

May 14, 2009

Here’s a definite must-read: in its latest issue, Bright Lights Film Journal features André Bazin’s essay “Fifteen Years of French Cinema,” in its first-ever English translation (by Bert . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Ophuls, A Pleasure Indeed

September 18, 2008

Though we fully expected our special edition of Max Ophuls’s long-unavailable The Earrings of Madame de . . . to garner a lot of attention from movie lovers everywhere (this is, after all, the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

La ronde: Vicious Circle

By Terrence Rafferty September 15, 2008

In the too-brief life and art of Max Ophuls (1902–57), La ronde was a momentous film, a turning point. It represented a homecoming of sorts, though “home” was a rather fluid concept for Ophuls, . . . Read more »


On Five

Something Old, Something New

By Tamara Hellgren June 12, 2008

Spring is ready to surrender to summer here in the Big Apple, and in keeping with my intentions, I sat down and watched The Love Parade and Monte Carlo from the Lubitsch Musicals Eclipse set. I . . . Read more »