La Ronde
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An exercise in style, La Ronde was one of the few films of the 1950s to contain overtly sexual themes. The story is a series of character vignettes, set in Vienna in the early 1900s and held together by a narrator (Anton Walbrook). As the title implies, both the story and the film's visual motifs are circular. Director Max Ophuls uses an old-fashioned merry-go-round to foreshadow the film's events, in which each segment introduces a new character, who has an affair with a character from the previous scene. The film demands that the audience pay attention to the structure, to the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In what it means to do - capture the first rush of attraction - La Ronde has few screen equals."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Each vignette conforms to a tight, outgrowing pattern, so that they each have equal weight, even if Danielle Darrieux's first segment is the one that lingers in the mind."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"[Ophuls'] most characteristic movie (a good one to start with for beginners)."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"max Ophuls's merry-go-round narrative, based on Schnitzler's famous play, is exquistely directed and played by best actors of Frenhc cinema: Darriuex, Signoret, Barrault."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Never seems more than whimsical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Elegant and lighter than air, La Ronde is a delightful treat."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"... a film of sparking wit, visual grace, continental sophistication and elegant poise."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Visually brilliant, innovatively told drama."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Charming as can be, but with a dark underbellly that belies it."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz,
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