Merry-Go-Round [Reigen]

Vienna: Lisa-Film, 1973. Collection of 12 vintage oversize double weight reference photographs for the 1973 German film, based on the controversial 1897 play "Reigen" ("La Ronde") by Arthur Schnitzler, Adapted three time previously; by Max Ophuls in 1950 and Roger Vadim in 1964, both as "La Ronde," and by Richard Lerner and Paul Glickler in 1971 as "Hot Circuit," as well as several time subsequently.

Schnitzler's play, which satirizes the sexual and class morals of its era was not produced on stage until 1920, although published versions in various languages were available as early as 1900. With its frank sexual nature and depictions of relationships that crossed class and cultural lines, the play was immediately condemned as pornography and withdrawn from the German stage, although it remained popular elsewhere.

The play consists of a series of vignettes, each featuring a pair of lovers, with each character appearing in two consecutive scenes, with one character in the first scene appearing in the last.

The photographs in this collection are from four scenes, each featuring either Sydne Rome or Maria Schneider, as follows:

One photograph of Hans Bremmer and Rome as "The Soldier and the Parlor Maid."

Four photographs of Rome and Helmut Berger as "The Parlor Maid and the Young Gentleman."

Five photographs of Peter Weck and Schneider as "The Husband and the Little Miss."

Two photographs of Schneider and Michael Heltau as "The Little Miss and the Poet."

9.5 x 12.25 inches. Near Fine.


[Book #137578]