Circle of Love (film)

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Circle of Love
LaRonde movieposter.jpg
original film poster
Directed by Roger Vadim
Produced by Raymond Hakim
Robert Hakim
Written by Jean Anouilh
Arthur Schnitzler

Jane Fonda
Anna Karina
Jean-Claude Brialy
Maurice Ronet

cinematography = Henri Decaë
Music by Michel Magne
Distributed by Continental Distributing Inc.
Release dates
  • 16 October 1964 (1964-10-16)
Running time 110 minutes
Country France
Language French

Circle of Love (Original French title: La ronde) is a 1964 film directed by Roger Vadim and based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 play of the same name. The film generated minor controversy due Jane Fonda's involvement, as she was one of the first major American actresses to do a nude scene in a foreign film.[1]


In 1913, a sentimental Parisian prostitute offers herself freely to a handsome soldier because he resembles her true love. Seeking to take advantage of all opportunities for lovemaking, the soldier seduces a lonely housemaid and then goes off to make other conquests. Returning home, the despondent maid allows her employer's son to make love to her. Encouraged by the experience, the young gentleman consummates his desire for a married woman. Refreshed by the love session, the married woman makes bold overtures to her stuffy husband. Later, he takes a midinette for his mistress, but the ambitious young woman forsakes him for an author she hopes will write a play for her. Instead, he pursues an established actress with whom he had an affair years before. He has little success, however, for the actress finds satisfaction only with young men, and she has a brief affair with the Count, a young officer. Following their encounter, the Count embarks on a night of wild revelry. Morning finds him in the flat of the sentimental prostitute, who this time collects a fee for her services. The cycle of love is now complete.



The film was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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