La Ronde (1950 film)
|Directed by||Max Ophüls|
by Arthur Schnitzler
|Narrated by||Anton Walbrook|
|Music by||Oscar Straus|
|Edited by||Léonide Azar|
|Distributed by||Commercial Pictures (US)|
Set in Vienna in 1900, it shows ten amorous encounters across the social spectrum, from a street prostitute to a nobleman, with each scene involving one character from the previous episode. The French term 'La Ronde' can mean any of the following: circling around, doing the rounds, a round of drinks, a circular dance.
The master of ceremonies opens proceedings by telling the audience that they will see various episodes in the endless waltz of love. A prostitute takes a soldier under a bridge. The soldier picks up a chambermaid at a dance hall. The chambermaid willingly succumbs to the son of her employers. The young man starts an affair with the young wife of an older businessman. She then has an edgy discussion in bed with her husband. The husband takes a shopgirl to a private dining room and gets her drunk. The shopgirl falls for a poet, who is pursuing an affair with an actress. The actress invites a count to visit her in bed next morning. That evening, he gets drunk and ends up in the bed of the prostitute, so completing the circle.
In order of appearance:
- Anton Walbrook as the Master of Ceremonies
- Simone Signoret as Léocadie, the Prostitute
- Serge Reggiani as Franz, the Soldier
- Simone Simon as Marie, the Chambermaid
- Daniel Gélin as Alfred, the Young Master
- Danielle Darrieux as Emma, the Wife
- Fernand Gravey as Charles, the Husband
- Odette Joyeux as Anna, the Shopgirl
- Jean-Louis Barrault as Robert, the Poet
- Isa Miranda as Charlotte, the Actress
- Gérard Philipe as the Count
Although at the time of production, Schnitzler's son was still enforcing his father's stipulation that the play — Reigen (or La Ronde) — should never be performed or adapted, Ophuls was able to secure the rights to it because of Schnitzler's additional stipulation that his French-language translator was to own the rights to the French version.
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