La Ronde [Criterion Collection]

La Ronde [Criterion Collection]

Director: Max Ophüls, Max Ophuls Cast: Anton Walbrook
Anton Walbrook
, Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
, Serge Reggiani
Serge Reggiani
Max Ophüls
La Ronde [Criterion Collection]

La Ronde [Criterion Collection]

Director: Max Ophüls, Max Ophuls Cast: Anton Walbrook
Anton Walbrook
, Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
, Serge Reggiani
Serge Reggiani
Max Ophüls

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
UPC: 0715515031424
Original Release: 1950
Source: THE CRITERION COLLECTION, INC
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Language: English
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 21,662

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring film scholar Susan White, author of the Cinema of Max Ophuls; Interview with Max Ophul's son Academy Award-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophuls; Interview with actor Daniel Gélin; Interview iwth film scholar Alan Williams; Correspondence between Sir Laurence Olivier and Heinrich Schnitzler (the playwright's son), illustrating the controversy surrounding the source play; A new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anton Walbrook Raconteur
Simone Signoret Léocadie
Serge Reggiani Franz
Danielle Darrieux Emma Breitkopf, the Married Lady
Odette Joyeux The Grisette
Jean-Louis Barrault Robert Kuhlenkampf, the Poet
Isa Miranda The Actress
Robert Vattier Schuller, the Professor
Gérard Philipe le comte,Actor
Simone Simon Marie
Daniel Gélin Alfred
Fernand Gravey Charles Breitkopf
Jean Clarieux le brigadier sur le banc
René Marjac le rôle secondaire
Jean Ozenne le rôle secondaire
Jacques Vertan le rôle secondaire
Charles Vissieres The Concierge
Oscar Straus Composer

Technical Credits
Sacha Gordine Producer
Jacques Natanson Screenwriter
Max Ophuls Screenwriter,Director
Max Ophüls Director
Arthur Schnitzler Screenwriter
Ralph Baum Producer
Pierre-Louis Calvet Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ronde
1. A Story About Love [7:36]
2. The Prostitute and the Soldier [5:13]
3. The Soldier and Marie [8:02]
4. The Maid and the Young Man [11:34]
5. The Young Man and the Married Woman: Part 1 [9:35]
6. The Young Man and the Married Woman: Part 2 [6:01]
7. Emma and Her Husband [8:51]
8. The Husband and the Young Girl [5:54]
9. The Young Girl and the Poet [4:43]
10. The Poet and the Actress [7:23]
11. The Actress and the Count [3:46]
12. The Count and the Prostitute [6:39]
13. The Merry-Go-Round Stops [5:59]
1. Background / Reigen [7:36]
2. Gender and Class [5:13]
3. Simone Simon [8:02]
4. Camera Technique [11:34]
5. Danielle Darrieux / Arthur Schnitzler [9:35]
6. Stendhal [6:01]
7. Comedy About Money / Eyes Wide Shut [8:51]
8. Liebelei / Regret [5:54]
9. Exile and Social Commentary [4:43]
10. Isa Miranda [7:23]
11. Existenialism and a Demanding Woman [3:46]
12. A Past Half-Remembered [6:39]
13. A Chapter Begins [5:59]
1. Courtship as Performance [3:06]
2. Ophuls and Schnitzler [4:04]
3. A Perfect Accident [3:03]
4. Star Vehicle [2:19]
5. From Stage To Screen [5:34]
6. Formal Experiments: Part 1 [5:24]
7. Symmetry amd Gender Roles [4:29]
8. Formal Experiments: Part 2 [5:20]
9. Staying In France [2:09]
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