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LA RONDE as transport out of here...
- DAVID NOEL
It had been quite a while since I had viewed a French language movie with subtitles. My all time favorite is KING OF HEARTS, circa 1966. I had an intuitive sense that I should commit my attention to LA RONDE, and I set out to view it alone in my living room late in the evening on the 65 inch screen thanks to TCM and the recording that I had made on a whim."IT" happened! That rare experience of a movie taking me WAY out of the ordinary world. "IT" started with my irritation towards the subtitles, but I reminded myself that the angst of subtitles would wear off based on past experience. My French is VERY limited, so the first ten minutes or so was spent concentrating on the text at the bottom of the screen. 97 minutes later, I returned to my living room. I RE-EXPERIENCED the reality of a movie transporting my consciousness OUT OF THIS WORLD! Words are less than optimum to describe it, but I think a true movie fan will get what I mean. How rare and wonderful!Thanks again, TCM.David
I was 17 years old the first time I saw "La Ronde" at the Movie Theater and I loved it. I was young then and was just getting to know all these famous actors and actresses. I loved Simone Sigmoret, Danielle Darrieux and Grard Philipe. I am glad I found it at TCM 40 years later and still I love it. Highly recommended.
- kevin sellers
While there is no question that this film can at times be schmaltzy, trite, and even tawdry, there is no denying the spell that it casts over the viewer. Director Max Ophuls creates a seductive, sophisticated, sunny yet shadowy, Vienna of the mind where the romantic and the erotic meet. Your guide to this world of continental amour circa 1900 is Austrian actor Anton Walbrook and there is no better host. Alternately amused, perceptive, cynical, and sympathetic Walbrook (i.e. "the personification of your desires") is the anti Maurice Chevalier, just as "La Ronde" is the anti "Gigi." There is even a middle finger raised to the 1950, Hollywood censorship gods to which "Gigi" is a paean. Also giving memorable performances is a twenty something Simone Signoret, Simone Simon of "Cat People" fame, and Danniele Darrieux who was so great in another fine Ophuls film, "Errings of Madame De." So take a whirl on the carousel. You won't want to get off. And you'll be singing the carousel theme in the shower for days afterward! Give it an A minus.
La Ronde (1950)
Fascinating story, with a wonderful cast. Director Max Ophuls does a remarkable job directing, excellent writing. Great art direction and costumes.