Max Ophuls' first European chore in 15 years, La Ronde is a fantasy on various varieties of love affairs [from the play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler]. A raconteur leads the audience through a series of affairs by a group of people, the plethora of situations making the pic ponderous in its present state.

Max Ophuls’ first European chore in 15 years, La Ronde is a fantasy on various varieties of love affairs [from the play Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler]. A raconteur leads the audience through a series of affairs by a group of people, the plethora of situations making the pic ponderous in its present state.

The raconteur’s first character is a streetwalker who meets a soldier for a brief moment and then he is called back to the barracks. The soldier next meets a lovely chambermaid whom he loves and leaves. The raconteur then leads her into an adventure with a sensitive young student. The student in turn has an affair with a married woman. It goes on and on, but that is the basic format of the yarn.

Ophuls has used a dearth of closeups, brilliant decor playing a vital part. Film gains an opulence in the expert lensing of Christian Matras. There is much filming through carved glass, linen, silks and mirrors to create the aura of romance.

Anton Walbrook is properly suave as the raconteur. Danielle Darrieux and Daniel Gelin are standout as the wife and amorous student.

La Ronde

France

Production

Gordine. Director Max Ophuls; Producer Sacha Gordine; Screenplay Jacques Natanson, Max Ophuls; Camera Christian Matras; Editor Leonide Azar; Music Oscar Strauss; Art Director Jean D'Eaubonne

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Anton Walbrook Simone Signoret Serge Reggiani Simone Simon Daniel Gelin Danielle Darrieux
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