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La Ronde & Caught in September

Second Sight have announced the UK DVD release of La Ronde and Caught as part of their The Max Ophuls Collection series on 8th September 2008. Priced at £19.99 each, details follow…

La Ronde is Ophuls’ adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s play of the same name which won the 1952 BAFTA for Best Film, and garnered two 1952 Academy Award nominations. A series of character vignettes, La Ronde is set in Vienna in the early 1900s and woven together by the Raconteur (Anton Walbrook). Ophuls uses an old-fashioned merry go round to foreshadow the film’s events, in which each segment introduces a new character, who then moves on to an affair with another. On and on the carousel spins, revealing itself as the metaphor for the very nature of human relationships.

Extras include:

  • Working with Max Ophuls – Daniel Gelin on La Ronde
  • ’Circles of Desire’ - Alan Williams on La Ronde
  • Audio commentary by Susan White, author of The Cinema of Max Ophuls
  • Photo Gallery

Ophuls’ penultimate Hollywood film Caught is a film noir that showcases some of Tinseltown’s biggest legends at the peak of their powers. Thinking she is living out her childhood dream of marrying a man worth millions, Leonora Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes) leaps at the chance to marry the wealthy Smith Ohrig (Robert Ryan), unaware that her new husband is a cruel monster who forces her to remain a prisoner in her own home. In an effort to escape her miserable existence she falls in love with society doctor Larry Quinada (James Mason). With her life spiralling out of control, only a miracle can free her from her life of lavish bondage.

Extras include:
  • Audio commentary by Lutz Bacher, author of Max Ophuls in the Hollywood Studios
  • Video Essay by film historian Tag Gallagher
  • Stills Gallery

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