Man-woman relationships -- Drama, Schnitzler, Arthur, 1862-1931. Reigen -- Film and video adaptations

La ronde

BAMPFA Collection Print


Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon,

Set in the Vienna of the waltz, this exquisite and witty film describes love’s ceaseless roundabout, starting with a prostitute (Simone Signoret), who loves a soldier (Serge Reggiani), who leaves her for a chambermaid (Simone Simon), who . . . etc., etc., until the story comes back to the prostitute. Here “the normal narrow view of movie stories, always going forward towards destiny and resolution, is abandoned in favor of the more mocking designs of hazard, obliqueness, and digression, a dance in which the dancers do not hear the beat but in which they revert helplessly to where they began, older and no wiser” (David Thomson).

  • Max Ophuls
  • Jacques Natanson
Based On
  • the play Der Reigen by Arthur Schnitzler

  • Christian Matras
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 97 mins
  • Janus Films/Criterion Collection

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La ronde (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, 2005

Tracking eternity: Max Ophuls' moving pictures (program note), Film Society of Lincoln Center, Kent Jones, 1999

Max Ophuls: moving pictures (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1999

Max Ophuls: moving pictures (press release), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

Max Ophuls: moving pictures (flyer), San Francisco Film Society, 1999

La ronde (review), SF Weekly, Gregg Rickman, 1996

Max Ophuls (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), Paul Willemen, 1978

Ophuls (monograph), British Film Institute, Paul Willemen, 1978

Max Ophuls' legendary La ronde (distributor materials), Janus Films, 1973

'La ronde' revisited at Surf revival (review), Michael Grieg, 1970

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