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La Ronde Details


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 Ophuls. 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

  • Release date:September 27, 1950


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jacques Natanson Best Screenplay 1951 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Max Ophüls Best Film - Any Source 1951 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Max Ophüls Best Screenplay 1951 Nominee


Anton Walbrook
as The Master of Ceremonies
Simone Signoret
as Leocadie, the Prostitute
Serge Reggiani
as Franz, the Soldier
Simone Simon
as Marie, the Maid
Daniel Gélin
as Alfred
Danielle Darrieux
as Emma Breitkopf
Fernand Gravey
as Charles, Emma's Husband
Odette Joyeux
as The Grisette
Jean-Louis Barrault
as Robert Kuhlenkampf
Isa Miranda
as The Actress
Gérard Philipe
as The Count
Robert Vattier
as Prof. Schuller
Charles Vissieres
as The Concierge
Jean Clarieux
Charles Vissieres
as The Concierge
Robert Vattier
as Prof. Schuller


Max Ophüls
Sacha Gordine
Jacques Natanson
Max Ophüls
Arthur Schnitzler
Play Author
Christian Matras
Oscar Straus
Composer (Music Score)
Leonide Azar
Ralph Baum
Production Designer
Charles Merangel
Set Designer
Georges Annenkov
Costume Designer
Pierre-Louis Calvet
Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Feyder
First Assistant Director
Lucie Lichtig