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La Ronde

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.85 /10
Anton Walbrook , Simone Signoret , Serge Reggiani
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Directed by: Max Ophuls
Written by: Max Ophuls, Jacques Natanson from Arthur Schnitzler's play Der Reigen

Released: 1950
Origin: France
Length: 100


The merry-go-round of love in 19th century Vienna.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Understated, ironic, sexy French filming of Arthur Schnitzler's play, with Simone Signoret outstanding, and Anton Walbrook giving an urbane commentary on the vagaries of love. The women seem more in tune with their emotions than the men, who see love in terms of sex and power. Because of weaker performances towards the end, and the repetitive format, the film wilts just as it reaches its climax. The New York State censorship board judged it to be "immoral" and banned it for four years; but it won "Best Screenplay" at Venice, Best Film at BAFTA, and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction. Remade, without any charm, by Roger Vadim as Circle of Love (1964). Temistocles Lopez made a bisexual variation, for the post-Aids era, in Chains of Desire (1992). Ophuls's version remains the best, though it has completely lost its power to shock.

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