Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"360" - Ring-o'-Roses

Yesterday's theme of love, lust and betrayal continues, but today only in fiction.

When Arthur Schnitzler wrote his play La Ronde (in German: Reigen) in 1897, I'd wager he had no idea that his storyline would be adapted for use on stage and in film over and over again into the 21st century. (see Wikipedia's page HERE)

I rented a DVD of a 2011 movie "360" at the weekend, the latest adaptation of Schnitzler's theme, without realising the plot's pedigree. From the advertising blurb I'd gathered that "360" presents a network of stories, set in different parts of the world, which eventually weave together. I enjoy this type of plot, if done well.
I hadn't realised that, long ago, back in the 1950s in the UK, I'd seen a much earlier version of this movie: La Ronde. Back then La Ronde was one of the first "X" rated films in Britain (for adults only). I clearly remember that because I was under-age for entry to an "X" film at the time. I talked an older boyfriend into going along with me for cover. Neither of us fully understood the film - that much I also remember!

Husband picked up the connection to earlier movies around halfway through "360" and remarked that he'd seen "something along these lines before". There's a list of adaptations at the Wiki link above, by the way.

"360" turned out to be 110 minutes of story lines not boring enough to switch off, but not intriguing or deeply investigated sufficiently to inspire. Individuals finding themselves at "a fork in the road" and how they dealt with it, is put forward as the constant element in the movie's story lines. There are six inter-linked brief encounters, characters of different nationalities, a prostitute, business man, wives, lovers, photographer, driver, travellers, a convicted sex offender, and maybe a few others I've already forgotten. Lust and love compete. There are few admirable or even likeable characters in the film. Anthony Hopkins' character comes out with the cleanest slate; also remaining relatively innocent, the young sister of a prostitute.

Thinks.....a David Petraeus-patterned character would make a good inclusion for the next adaptation of La Ronde! New title? How about Ring-o'-Roses?
Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down

This morning the Petraeus story, too, becomes more circular: see the BBC report with relevant ring-o'-roses chart!


mike said...

Another movie in that genre is "Six Degrees of Separation", which was very entertaining.

When I read that Jill Kelley, "good friend of the Petraeus family" went to the FBI instead of talking to Petraeus, I knew something was stinky. This flower bud is just starting to unfold...I wonder what full bloom will look like.

Twilight said...

mike ~ I haven't seen that film - will put it on my list!

My favourite of that "network of linked stories" genre to date is Babel --

Yes, the Petraeus/Broadwell/Kelley/Allen/AN Other tales are unfolding at a fair old gallop now. ;-)

The full bloom? Reference to flowers in such a context always reminds me of The Bard's Sonnet 94
They that have power to hurt, and will do none,
That do not do the thing they most do show,
Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
Unmoved, cold, and to temptation slow;
They rightly do inherit heaven's graces,
And husband nature's riches from expense;
They are the lords and owners of their faces,
Others, but stewards of their excellence.
The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
Though to itself, it only live and die,
But if that flower with base infection meet,
The basest weed outbraves his dignity:
For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.

Chomp said...

Interesting indeed, “Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.”

P.S. Ennio Morricone, Scorpio sign

Twilight said...

Chomp ~~ Yes - born 10 November. He composed scores for some Scorpio-tinged movies too - those violent "spaghetti westerns" and "Once Upon a Time in America".