La Ronde

BBB

(out of 5)


Max Ophuls adapts Arthur Schnitzler’s play to delightful effect in this beautiful film. It begins with playing host to the audience, setting the scene in turn-of-the-century Vienna and popping up between scenes as various characters in order to facilitate the many crazy love affairs that are displayed.  Each scene is played with two people, one of whom progresses to the next scene in a roundabout style that covers all manner of illicit sexual activity between soldiers, married women, prostitutes, poets and aristocrats. As always, Ophuls glides his camera through the entire operation with exceptional ease, and gets pristine performances out of his cast, a veritable Who’s Who of fifties French stardom: (a standout), , , and .


Films Sacha Gordine, Janus Film

France, 1950

Directed by

Adaptation by , Max Ophuls, Dialogue by Jacques Natanson, based on the play Reigen by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1951

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