La Ronde (Directors Suite) (1950)

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Released 13-Oct-2010
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A film by Max Ophuls

Based on Arthur Schnitzler's scandalous 1900 play Reigen , Max Ophuls' La Ronde is an irresistibly sly take on the vicissitudes of love and romance. Set in a Viennese winter during the last years of the Hapsburgs, La Ronde charts the sexes and classes through their illicit liaisons, and its exuberant cinematic flourishes are regarded among Ophuls' stylistic triumphs.

A mysterious Master of Ceremonies acts as our guide on this romantic carousel, opening with a fleeting encounter between a lonely prostitute and a returning soldier. Our soldier then returns to his sweetheart, a chambermaid. But soon she too progresses through the romantic roundelay, escorted by her employer's son... And so the lusty carousel turns again, and we waltz along with the lovers as they change partners and dance again, and again, and again.

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Anton Walbrook
Simone Signoret
Serge Reggiani
Simone Simon
Daniel Gélin
Danielle Darrieux
Fernand Gravey
Odette Joyeux
Jean-Louis Barrault
Isa Miranda
Gérard Philipe
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Max Ophüls
Oscar Straus
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Drama 1950 88:56 576i (PAL) 4
Full Frame
French Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English, English Alternate Subtitles
Audio Commentary-by Anna Dzenis & Rick Thompson, lecturers at La Trobe Uni., Featurette-Interview with Ophuls scholar Alan Williams, Featurette-Full Circle: The two versions of Max Ophuls' La Ronde, Booklet-The Circle Game: Max Ophuls and La Ronde, by Dr Adrian Danks, Trailer-Four Directors Suite trailers
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