An all-knowing interlocutor guides us through a series of affairs in Vienna, 1900. A soldier meets an eager young lady of the evening. Later he has an affair with a young lady, who becomes a maid and does similarly with the young man of the house. The young man seduces a married woman. On and on, spinning on the gay carousel of life.
Director: Max Ophüls (as Max Ophuls).
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Simone Signoret, Serge Reggiani, Simone Simon, Daniel Gelin, Danielle Darrieux, Fernand Gravety, Odette Joyeux, Jean-Louis Barrault, Gerard Philipe, Isa Miranda.
WINNER Bafta Award for Best Film.
NOMINATED for two Academy Awards for Best Writing and Best Art Direction.
This long 110′ version of La Ronde is Ophuls’ first cut of the film which he withdrew shortly after release, and recut to 97 minutes. This version turned up, after decades of oblivion, in 1989 and was given very limited TV screening, with perhaps the last broadcast on SBS Australia in 1993. This runs 105 minutes, allowing for PAL speedup.
The long cut effectively represents an alternative version to the 97 minutes version which Marcel Ophuls has claimed, as executor of Max’s estate, as his father’s “Preferred version.”