La Ronde (1950 film)

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La Ronde
Theatrical poster
Directed by Max Ophüls
Produced by Ralph Baum
Sacha Gordine
Screenplay by Louis Ducreux
Kurt Feltz
Jacques Natanson
Max Ophüls
Based on La Ronde
by Arthur Schnitzler
Starring Simone Signoret
Narrated by Anton Walbrook
Music by Oscar Straus
Cinematography Christian Matras
Edited by Léonide Azar
Distributed by Commercial Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 27 September 1950 (1950-09-27)
Running time
95 minutes
Country France
Language French

La Ronde is a 1950 film directed by Max Ophüls and based on Arthur Schnitzler's 1897 La Ronde. The title means "the round-dance".

The film won the BAFTA award for Best Film and was nominated for two Academy Awards; for Best Writing and Best Art Direction (Jean d'Eaubonne). [1]

Plot summary[edit]

Eleven episodes tell the stories of ten illicit sexual encounters involving a prostitute, a soldier, a chambermaid, her employer's son, a married woman, her husband, a young girl, a poet, an actress, a count, and the prostitute again. After each encounter, one of the two partners forms a liaison with the next person, resulting in an unbroken "circle" (ronde) by the end.



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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "NY Times: La Ronde". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2008. 

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