Max Ophuls is widely regarded to be one of the greatest and most revered directors in the history of cinema. His trademark array of lavish, fluid camera movements would influence generations of filmmakers to come. Among the many who have had praised his genius are Francois Truffaut, Jean-Luc Goddard, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick, who believed "his camera could pass through walls" and more recently directors such as Todd Haynes (Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven) and Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) who called him his "idol".
Now for the first time on DVD, Orphuls masterpiece La Ronde. Anton Walbrook is the enigmatic, omnipotent master of ceremonies guiding us through a series of amorous encounters in Vienna of 1900. Featuring some of the greatest names in French cinema, Max Ophuls' wonderful adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's play was honoured with a BAFTA for 'Best Film' as well as Oscar nominations.