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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Max Ophuls on Arthur Schnitzler

In the April 15 1963 issue of Avant-Scene Cinema which was dedicated to Max Ophuls' film La Ronde, Claude Beylie wrote the introduction. This is taken from that introduction.

"La Ronde (1950) is, like Liebelei drawn from Schnitzler. Strange predilection of Ophuls for this dramatic author of scandal who cast on the mystery of physical love the most cynical of expressions. But the filmmaker idealized his model. 'Schnitzler,' he confided to Pierre Lephoron, 'is Musset on the banks of the Danube. In his work "everything rolls on" like a river, birth, life and the end of human relations, as well as of love, and all that to the rhythm of a waltz'."

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