Saturday, 10 August 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 245: Mon Sep 2

La Ronde (Ophuls, 1950): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm

This film is screening as part of the cinema's Passport to Cinema season and will be introduced by Mouman Hassan.

Chicago Reader review:
'Max Ophuls's witty version (1950) of Arthur Schnitzler's play showing love as a bitterly comic merry-go-round. Going less for the darker feelings in Schnitzler than for the surface gloss, Ophuls displays dazzling technical virtuosity and a cinematic elegance we're not likely to see again. Anton Walbrook acts as master of ceremonies and narrator as one love affair intertwines with another and love's roundabout carries Simone Signoret, Danielle Darrieux, and Jean-Louis Barrault full circle. The movement toward Ophuls's baroque masterpiece Lola Montes is unmistakable.'
Dave Kehr

Here is the wonderful opening.

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