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La ronde

Spine #443

Sep 16, 2008

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
  • English subtitles

La ronde

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Directed By: Max Ophuls
Starring: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon
Licensor: Euro-London Films

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Simone Signoret, Anton Walbrook, and Simone Simon lead a roundelay of French stars in Max Ophuls's delightful, acerbic adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's controversial turn-of-the-century play La ronde. Soldiers, chambermaids, poets, and aristocrats, all are on equal footing in this multicharacter merry-go-round of love and infidelity, directed with a sweeping gaiety as knowingly frivolous as it is enchanting, and shot with Ophuls's trademark intricate cinematography.

  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar Susan White, author of The Cinema of Max Ophuls
  • An interview with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophuls, discussing his father's work
  • Interview with actor Daniel Gélin (Napoléon, Testament of Orpheus)
  • Interview with film scholar Alan Williams
  • Selected correspondence between Sir Laurence Olivier and Heinrich Schnitzler (the playwright's son), illustrating the controversy surrounding the source play
  • New and improved subtitle translation PLUS: A new essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty


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