LA RONDE, is taken from Arthur Schnitzler's play REIGEN, which features a series of interlocking love stories set in Vienna at the turn of the 19th Century. Ophuls added the visual metaphor of the merry-go-round and a raconteur (Anton Walbrook), who comments on love as the characters move from one partner to another. A student seduces a chambermaid, then, filled with confidence, has an affair with a married woman who goes home to her husband, who then goes off to his mistress--and so on until the circle comes back to the beginning. The situations and dialogue were considered quite risqué at the time and the film was actually banned in America. Now, afternoon TV soap operas are more graphic, but not as witty or subtle in their approach to the vicissitudes of l'amour. Ophüls directs with a fluid grace and Simon Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, and Alfred Gelin give outstanding performances.
Working with Max Ophuls: Daniel Gelin on LA RONDE, Circles of Desire: Alan Williams on Max Ophuls' LA RONDE, Audio commentary by Susan White, author of The Cinema of Max Ophuls
Release Date: 08 September 2008
Certificate: PG - Parental Guidance
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 89 minutes
Production Year: 1950
Main Language: French