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