Here’s the trailer for that Condola Rashad ensemble drama I told you about a week or two ago, titled 30 Beats, that’s inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde.
The gist of it… first, its synopsis:
In Manhattan, everybody is connected by less than six degrees of sexual separation. A first encounter sparks a series of intimate and comedic moments linking ten New Yorkers in a chain reaction of love and desire. Inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s play “La Ronde” and set in present-day Manhattan, 30 BEATS explores a series of encounters between ten people connected by the laws of sexual attraction and spans across ten different neighborhoods of the city.
Written and directed by Alexis Lloyd, the cast also includes: Jennifer Tilly, Paz de la Huerta, Lee Pace, Justin Kirk, Vahina Giocante, Thomas Sadoski, and several others.
La Ronde has been the basis for several past films, some using the title of the original work; others not.
I should note that Schnitzler also wrote a novella titled Dream Story, which was the literary work that Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut was based on, given you some idea of what his proclivities where.
La Ronde, the original play, was set in the 1890s in Vienna, and consisted of ten interlocking scenes between pairs of lovers, with each of its ten characters appearing in two consecutive scenes, as you will see in the title of each scenes below:
1. The Whore and the Soldier
2. The Soldier and the Parlor Maid
3. The Parlor Maid and the Young Gentleman
4. The Young Gentleman and the Young Wife
5. The Young Wife and The Husband
6. The Husband and the Little Miss
7. The Little Miss and the Poet
8. The Poet and the Actress
9. The Actress and the Count
10. The Count and the Whore
Will Lloyd’s film take on a somewhat similar structure? I dunno. The synopsis does say it’s *inspired by* La Ronde, and not that it’s an adaptation of it. So we’ll see.
It’s actually been at some stage of production since 2009, and according to one of its producers, Highbrow Entertainment, a cast and crew screening of the final cut of the film was held in November 2011, just 2 months ago; AND the film is scheduled to premier in Paris on March 21, 2012.
Why Paris? It has a French distributor, oddly enough – Studio 37 – but nothing is set for any other territories right now.
Check out the trailer and on-set photos from 30 Beats with Condola in action below (although she doesn’t feature heavily in the trailer; by the way, I should mention that it’s NSFW, since it’s for its French release):