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Ronde [Criterion Collection]

Format: DVD     Release Date: 09/16/2008
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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 interplay among the characters, and to the opulent visual elements; and the effect is synergistic delight, in which the viewer is engaged both visually and intellectually. Because it was filmed in black-and-white, La Ronde does not have the garish look of some of Ophuls' other films, notably Lola Montès. La Ronde is among the few foreign language films to receive multiple Oscar nominations, for Black & White Art Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi

Disc #1 -- Ronde

1. A Story About Love [7:36]
2. The Prostitute and the Soldier [5:13]
3. The Soldier and Marie [8:02]
4. The Maid and the Young Man [11:34]
5. The Young Man and the Married Woman: Part 1 [9:35]
6. The Young Man and the Married Woman: Part 2 [6:01]
7. Emma and Her Husband [8:51]
8. The Husband and the Young Girl [5:54]
9. The Young Girl and the Poet [4:43]
10. The Poet and the Actress [7:23]
11. The Actress and the Count [3:46]
12. The Count and the Prostitute [6:39]
13. The Merry-Go-Round Stops [5:59]
1. Background / Reigen [7:36]
2. Gender and Class [5:13]
3. Simone Simon [8:02]
4. Camera Technique [11:34]
5. Danielle Darrieux / Arthur Schnitzler [9:35]
6. Stendhal [6:01]
7. Comedy About Money / Eyes Wide Shut [8:51]
8. Liebelei / Regret [5:54]
9. Exile and Social Commentary [4:43]
10. Isa Miranda [7:23]
11. Existenialism and a Demanding Woman [3:46]
12. A Past Half-Remembered [6:39]
13. A Chapter Begins [5:59]
1. Courtship as Performance [3:06]
2. Ophuls and Schnitzler [4:04]
3. A Perfect Accident [3:03]
4. Star Vehicle [2:19]
5. From Stage To Screen [5:34]
6. Formal Experiments: Part 1 [5:24]
7. Symmetry amd Gender Roles [4:29]
8. Formal Experiments: Part 2 [5:20]
9. Staying In France [2:09]
  • Format: DVD
  • Release Date: September 16, 2008
  • MPAA Rating:
  • Region: 1
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Length: 93 minutes
  • Sound: dd1
  • Format: Black & White
  • Discs: 1
  • Language: French
  • Subtitle: English
  • UPC: 715515031424
  • Product ID: 2826447
  • Genre: Comedy

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