La Ronde is a 1950 French film directed by Max Ophüls and based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1897 play La Ronde. Set in Vienna in 1900, it shows ten amorous encounters across the social spectrum, from a street prostitute to a nobleman, with each scene involving one character from the previous episode. The French term ‘La Ronde’ can mean any of the following: circling around, doing the rounds, a round of max Ophuls PDF, a circular dance. Best Writing and Best Art Direction.
The master of ceremonies opens proceedings by telling the audience that they will see various episodes in the endless waltz of love. A prostitute takes a soldier under a bridge. The soldier picks up a chambermaid at a dance hall. The chambermaid willingly succumbs to the son of her employers.
The young man starts an affair with the young wife of an older businessman. She then has an edgy discussion in bed with her husband. Ophuls was able to secure the rights to it because of Schnitzler’s additional stipulation that his French-language translator was to own the rights to the French version. The film was classified by New York film censors as « immoral » and therefore unacceptable for public screenings.