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La Ronde [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • After ten years in Hollywood, where he made the acclaimed LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, Max Ophls returned to France. His first film, 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. Ophls 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 risqu 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. Ophls directs with a fluid grace and Simon Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, and Alfred Gelin give outstanding performances.

    Schnitzler's work returned to popularity in the late 1990s with David Hare's play THE BLUE ROOM, another adaptation of REIGEN, staring Nichole Kidman. His short stories were also the source material for Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1765

  • Credits
    Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, Odette Joyeux
  • Critic Reviews
    "...The work still dazzles..."
    Sight and Sound

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's stuff here to rival BOOGIE NIGHTS' sinuous opening shot, as Ophuls pirouettes his camera around and about amorous couples in 19th Century Vienna."
    Total Film

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